‘Tough’ trees for town centre

Hastings Borough Council has replaced the five Swedish Whitebeam trees that once grew outside the Robertson Street entrance to Debenhams. The trees had declined in health after successive years of Vapourer Moth infestation.

Trees at DebsOne of the new trees which have been planted outside Debenhams in Robertson Street.

Councillor Colin Fitzgerald, lead member for environmental issues said: “We considered the characteristics needed for replacement trees to thrive, such as salt and wind resistance, and we balanced this with something that would enhance the environment. We selected Ulmus Lutece, a species of Elm that is particularly resistant to Dutch Elm disease. This particular Elm has been widely planted throughout northern Europe. It is a tough tree generally establishing well wherever it is planted, while enhancing an urban townscape.”

Lutèce was introduced to the UK by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Branch, Butterfly Conservation, in 2002, as part of its assessment of DED-resistant cultivars as potential hosts of the endangered White-letter Hairstreak.

medium_ulmus_lutece How the Ulmus Lutece trees will look once in leaf .

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