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Where Are The Remaining Elm Trees
After Dutch Elm disease wiped out so many trees a few years ago there is a drive on to find out where in the country the remaining elm trees are.
The Ramblers Association http://www.ramblers.org.uk/ is setting out help find out where the trees are and what qualities the remaining ones had to help them survive
Once the elm map has been created, scientists are then planning to go out and visit the trees. They will be looking not only for exceptional qualities that may have protected them against disease but also studying the unique life-forms the trees support. Organised elm walks are being planned for the annual "Welcome to Walking Week" which begins on September 21 2003. Details are available through the Ramblers' Association.
To get involved in Elm Map walks go to http://www.ramblers.org.uk/elms/default.htmThe item was broadcast on John Craven's Country File
Details on the BBC Nature web site www.bbc.co.uk/nature
No Walsk in Caithness as at 7 September 2003. But if anyone is organising one they can get a pack from the Ramblers Association. Let us know if you are organising one or going on one and what you find.
Are there any elm trees left in Caithness?