The Conservation Foundation is undertaking a project to find out why some elm trees managed to survive Dutch elm disease.
It was fifty years ago that Dutch elm disease wiped out over 25 million elm trees in the UK but some trees appear to be resistant to the disease. These trees have been monitored and cutting taken, the resulting saplings are being planted in hundreds of schools across the UK.
Some of the saplings are also available, at a modest cost to others. Each small tree is accompanied by a certificate showing its parent tree and type and schools will also receive a poster with growing tips and project ideas.