Stow children plant first new elm in the Borders

Pupils from Stow Primary were involved in the Great British Elm Experiment which is active in the fight against Dutch Elm Disease. The school have planted an Elm tree in the grounds of the school.
Pupils from Stow Primary were involved in the Great British Elm Experiment which is active in the fight against Dutch Elm Disease. The school have planted an Elm tree in the grounds of the school.
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STOW children planted the first new elm tree in the Borders earlier this year, writes Sally Gillespie.

Primary three and four pupils planted the young tree grown from survivors of the Dutch elm disease which ravaged Britain’s elms in the 1970s.

Supplied by Wooplaw Community Woodland’s Bob Fleet, the treelet came from the Conservation Foundation which is running the Great British Elm Experiment where the charity supplies trees to schools and groups willing to monitor them for the next 10 years.

Mr Fleet said it was the first young elm from the conservation charity to be planted in the Borders.

And on Sunday the 1st Lauder Brownies planted the second in Wooplaw’s Axehead Wood.

Mr Fleet said: “These are the only two in the Borders and hopefully they will both grow and survive. We and the children have to tell the Conservation Foundation how the trees are doing and they will tell us how the parents are.

“I suggested it to the school because it’s great having the kids doing this and hopefully the tree will be there for them when we are long gone .

“We got them to promise to come back and check on it when they have their own kids!”

The primary school has an active eco group and during the summer last year most classes visited Wooplaw.

In November they planted 105 trees in the community woodland’s Gullet Wood.