Just before Christmas 2014 we received some bad news. The eight Elm trees in the Pines Garden had become infected with Dutch Elm Disease. Following consultation with the Tree Officer of Dover District Council we were instructed to remove all eight trees.

At around 50 years old, and a variety that was more resistant to the disease, these trees were planted by Fred Cleary during the period Dutch Elm Disease was prevalent in this county. The disease is caused by a type of fungus that is spread by a beetle that bores into the tree. There is no cure for it and to prevent the spread of the fungus the trees have to be felled and processed on site.

Happily the wood from the elms has been sawn into planks and cured on site, using our wood kiln. We’ll be blogging what we make from the wood in forthcoming posts.