In 2016 Unesco decided to designate the Brighton and Hove area as a World Biosphere site, reflecting the unique diversity of this area and its need to be protected for and by future generations. Brighton’s natural environment is uncommon, it is both shielded and at the mercy of the sea, wind and weather. This uncommon environment is home to the largest remaining population of Elm trees in the UK.
Following the devastation caused by Dutch Elm Disease, the UK’s population of Elm trees plummeted. Today Brighton and Hove is home to over 17,000 Elms and this is partly due to this area’s geographical position and its environments but also reflects the passion and effort of certain individuals and factions.
In partnership with the Friends of the Pavilion Gardens Cafe, the University of Brighton, UNESCO’s World Biosphere Region, Visit Brighton, Studio 245 and developer First Base, an illustrated visitors guide has been produced. This guide illustrates and educates you about why Brighton has a National Collection of Elm trees, their historical significance and why they must be protected.
Collaborators: Gustav Freij, Jennifer Whitworth, Jessica Keene, Friends of the Pavilion Gardens Cafe, University of Brighton, UNESCO’s World Biosphere Region, Visit Brighton, Urbik and First Base
For more information contact Gavin Ambrose on 07769 563377 or firstname.lastname@example.org