Dutch elm disease kills historic Salford tree

An historic Salford tree has become the latest victim of Dutch Elm disease.

The tree, which stands in front of Buile Hill Mansion and is estimated to be around 200 years old has died from the disease and must now be felled for safety reasons.

Peter Openshaw, Strategic Director Place, Salford City Council said: “Dutch elm disease is one of the most serious tree diseases in the world and has devastated trees all over the globe. It spreads easily and there is no known way of preventing it or curing it once it begins.

“It is very sad to lose such an old tree but if it is left in place it will start to drop dead branches which could fall on passers-by. If a large limb fell on someone, particularly a child, it could seriously injure them or even kill and no-one wants to see that happen. If the tree itself fell it could even damage the mansion.

“As usual with any tree which has to be removed because it is damaged, diseased, dying or dead it will be replaced with two trees. Two new purple beech trees will be planted in Buile Hill Park.

“We are working with the Buile Hill Mansion Association whose members understand the situation to see if the tree trunk can be kept and used to enhance the park in some way.”

Repairs to the mansion, to prevent further deterioration will begin shortly to help prepare for full restoration of the building once proposals have been agreed.

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Date published
Friday 30 April 2021

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