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Preserving Haverhill's Elms

Wednesday, 21st June 2006.

Work will soon start on a row of elms, which form an important part of Haverhill's landscape, following a survey showing some had problems with decay.

A survey carried out from a crane, followed up by a detailed survey of all the trees, revealed a number of potential problems. These include decayed cavities which vary in seriousness from minor holes in branches to advanced decay within major structural limbs. Apart from the effects on the trees themselves, the work is also needed to safeguard car park users. While in some cases only small branches will need to be removed, in others major reductions will be necessary.

As well as being an important part of the landscape, the trees are examples of some of the few large elms that survived the outbreak of Dutch elm disease in the 1970s and 80s.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council

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