Planting the elms

Representatives of Duffield Millennium Meadow Trust, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Appletree Hundred Group and Butterfly Conservation (East Midlands) planting the trees at Duffield Millennium Meadow.
Representatives of Duffield Millennium Meadow Trust, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Appletree Hundred Group and Butterfly Conservation (East Midlands) planting the trees at Duffield Millennium Meadow.

VOLUNTEERS are planting a new type of disease-resistant tree to help a butterfly called the white-letter hairstreak.

The butterfly breeds on elm trees - many of which were wiped out by Dutch Elm disease - and the project aims to plant a tree called Autumn Gold close to existing butterfly colonies.

People are planting over 60 trees at sites including Duffield Millennium Meadows, Carr Wood in Ripley and Pennytown Ponds in Somercotes, as part of a project run by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation (East Midlands).

Kieron Huston of the Trust said: “The project is long-term and forms part of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscape strategy in which we aim to ensure animals and plants can survive and disperse throughout the county in the coming decades.”

If you are interested in joining the project contact Kieron on 01773 881188.