Lovely jubilee as town seed sown

Carol Woolley, chairman of Poulton In Bloom with David Morley and gardener Neil Gandhi as they plant the new elm sapling.

Carol Woolley, chairman of Poulton In Bloom with David Morley and gardener Neil Gandhi as they plant the new elm sapling.

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A TREE which forms part of Poulton’s history has been planted in the graveyard again after an absence of more than 30 years.

The Poulton In Bloom Committee planted an elm tree in the churchyard of St Chad’s Church before competition judges visited on Monday.

Four elm trees used to grace the grounds of the church but they were devastated by Dutch Elm Disease in the 1960’s or 1970’s and had to be cut down.

Dutch Elm disease is the result of a fungus infecting the water system of the tree causing it to wilt and quickly die.

But the committee has sourced a nursery in Essex which grows saplings that are resistant to the disease - and so the tree can now be placed in the church yard once again.

Carol Woolley, chairman of Poulton in Bloom said: “We are delighted to be able to plant this sapling in the church yard, elm trees have a long history in St Chad’s.

“It will be a long time before it grows to any great height but at least it will be resistant to this devastating disease.

“We think it will be a welcome addition to Poulton now and in the future, we have called it our jubilee tree.”

A team of volunteers has worked round the clock to prepare Poulton’s entry for the In Bloom competition.

A large flower bed has been prepared in Queen’s Square and Mrs Woolley said she was delighted with this year’s entry. She added: “Poulton has been looking extremely nice and it’s thanks to a wonderful team of volunteers.

“We have put a new sensory border in the church yard and everything is bee and butterfly friendly.”

The results are announced in October.