01 Royal Pavilion Elm

The one in the background is the actual elm. (In the foreground is a wonderfully droopy Weeping Wych Elm I also wanted to draw; I knew the weather was going to turn and I wouldn't have much time so combined them in one drawing.) A lofty and billowing 150 year old, tucked in close beside the splendorous palace. An unfamiliar familiar tree, the elm. Familiar from childhood photographs and films of a certain era but strange and new to stand before. When Dutch Elm Disease arrived in Britain in the 1970s, the landscape changed for ever as over 25 million succumbed. The city of Brighton & Hove decided they must put up a fight and their tireless efforts mean they are now custodians of the National Elm Collection, internationally recognised for their expertise in disease management. Fascinating reading about the many strategies and determination they have for tackling the deadly epidemic. Beetle traps at the city limits. And here are also some doggy types.

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