Saint Martin’s School is involved in a national science experiment studying British elm trees.
Saint Martin’s is one of the first 250 schools in the country to be chosen to join the Conservation Foundation’s Great British Elm Experiment, which is looking into the mystery of why some trees survived Dutch elm disease and some did not. The disease is thought to have killed 25 million elms in Great Britain since the 1960s.
Girls at the Brueton Avenue school will be monitoring and caring for their elm tree from a sapling upwards, recording its growth and progress every six months for the next 20 years.
All data will be logged on the Conservation Foundation’s website.