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Bringing back elms for butterflies

27th March 2024

We have been delighted to take part in a Hampshire County Council elms trial project, designed to bring these majestic and important trees back to Hampshire.

Planting trees is essential to create a thriving countryside where wildlife can flourish. Trees play a vital role in providing habitats for various species, attracting butterflies, and supporting biodiversity. In doing so, we can also tackle the climate emergency.

CPRE Hampshire has planted 40 disease resistant elms within hedgerows and with the aim of growing to full maturity. The White-letter Hairstreak butterfly has declined significantly since Dutch elm disease has killed so many trees. The butterflies rely on mature elm as its sole food source. We will be keeping a close eye on their growth and impact on the countryside.

Together, we can contribute to the global effort against climate change and make Hampshire a greener place to live. If everyone in Hampshire planted one tree, we could easily hit Hampshire Forest Partnership’s target of planting one million trees by 2050.

Find out how we can grow essential wildlife habitats and create a legacy of leaves for future generations to enjoy.