|Marina at Kingston Cemetery|
We have just planted a disease resistant elm in the old part of the cemetery.
These trees can be obtained from organisations such as the Conservation Foundation; they are usually grafts. In the meantime elm is an important component of our hedgerows and although we lost 60, 000,000 trees to disease, there are still nearly as many elm 'suckers' creating habitat for elm-specific insects such as white-letter hairstreak butterfly; recorded nearby at Lower Marsh Lane.
It is looking pretty good and a second elm will be planted in September. Andrew Rossabi, President of the Richard Jefferies Society, will give a talk about the writer's time in the area. Richard Jefferies lived in Tolworth for five years, from 1877-1882, at 296 Ewell Road, then known as No. 2 Woodside, where there is now a blue plaque to remember him by. During this time he wrote some of his most important essays, collected in the book Nature Near London. The talk will be followed by a short walk to the Richard Jefferies Bird Santuary, where an elm tree will be planted in memory of this important and much-loved Victorian naturalist and author.