Both English elms Ulmus procera and wych elm Ulmus glabra are found in Ireland. While Dutch elm disease strikes the English species most readily, very few elm appear to be immune. There are some fine survivors left, like this one in the Blackwater River Valley in south Tyrone. Many are associated with large houses and […]
Neglect, age, decay and human interference have taken their toll on our old trees. Some valiant specimens survive.
The Mother of all Irish Yews
The origin of the Florence Court yew is well documented. According to the Irish tree specialist (and Fermanagh man) Dr. Charles Nelson, two young yew seedlings were found on a Fermanagh hillside around 1740-60. The two seedlings were separated, one going to the finder’s own garden, and the other to his landlord the Earl of […]