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Last Updated: Monday, 15 October 2007, 09:20 GMT 10:20 UK
Cash boost for elm disease work
Elm tree
The money will go on stopping the spread of Dutch Elm Disease
The fight against Dutch elm disease in trees in West Sussex is getting a 17,500 cash boost from a council hailed for its conservation work.

The funding will be used by Adur District Council to control the spread of the disease around Lancing, Shoreham, Sompting and Southwick.

Brighton and Hove City Council - which holds the National Elm Collection - has contributed, alongside Natural England.

The disease is spread by beetles which pass on a fungus from infected bark.

Felling trees

A Dutch elm disease epidemic in the 1970s saw millions of trees lost in the UK, with southern areas then becoming a stronghold.

Brighton and Hove still has many elms, and the city works with neighbouring local authorities on disease control".

Keith Dollemore, from Adur council, said of the funding contribution: "This support from our partners will help us preserve our disease-free elm trees for the future."

For the past two years the district council has only been able to treat diseased trees on its own land, but the new money will now mean it can pay for a third of the cost of felling trees on private land.

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