DEFA continues to make committed efforts to control Dutch elm disease across the island and also Phytophthora ramorum (sudden tree death) within its plantations at Ballaugh and West Baldwin.
Between 1968 and 1988 England lost 75% of its elms, and even though Dutch Elm Disease has reached the IOM, effective control has meant that the IOM has lost less than 1% of its elms (2,000 elm trees).
However your help is needed to ensure that its stays under control.
See the Open Elm Project to get involved in monitoring elm trees http://www.openelm.org.im/
If you suspect that you have an elm tree with dutch elm disease (see the picture below) then PLEASE don’t hesitate. Phone the IOM Forestry division straight away to have it inspected (801263)