Tuesday, 8 February 2011
An Old RELIC Puts in an Appearance
In the 1970's Dutch Elm Disease killed millions of Elm Trees across the country. Overbury was no exception with many trees succumbing to the disease. We have a field called 'Elm Piece' which once hosted many many hedgerow Elm trees, now there are none. Most British Elms produce suckers rather than seed and once those suckers reach a certain size they too succumb to the disease.
For reasons not fully understood a very old tree from Comberton survived and under a project called RELIC (Replanting Elms in the Countryside) cuttings were propagated from this 'mother' tree, producing young vigorous 'nurse' trees which we have been able to get hold of. It will take many years to us to see if the off-spring have inherited the parents restistance.
Derek and Gordon have planted 6 of these trees around the farm. Here they are having planted one in the Park opposite Silveril House. If you come to our Lambing Day on the 17th April, you will be able to see this tree for yourselves, as well as the excitment of the new born lambs and the game keeping display.