Elm Disease in the Royal Pavilion Garden
We are sad to report an outbreak of elm disease has been identified in the Royal Pavilion Garden.
The infected tree is a Camperdown elm and is located on the lawn to the front of the Pavilion Café. While the infected tree is relatively young, there are a couple of issues surrounding the infection.
In May, over 200 elm trees across the city received a treatment to protect them from elm disease. This included the elm trees in the Royal Pavilion Garden and Valley Gardens.
The treatment makes it possible to protect trees from elm disease for one year. A product called Dutch Trigg was used to inoculate the trees, which is injected directly into the trunks of elm trees using a specialist tool. This is the city’s first year using the treatment, which is well established in the Netherlands. Brighton & Hove City Council’s arboriculture team will review how effective the treatment has been later in the year.
The infected tree is located close to several mature elms so there is a high risk of the disease spreading through its root systems. The inoculation treatment does not provide protection for infection through interconnecting roots and is only effective against beetle attack.
The BHCC will be working to physically sever the roots between connecting trees and then removing the infected tree. The digging is scheduled for Monday 14 August and the tree will be felled on Tuesday 15 August.
The elm trees in Royal Pavilion Garden will be closely monitored following the removal to make sure the disease hasn’t spread to other elms.
Read more information on how Brighton & Hove City Council are dealing with elm disease on their website.