Help restore Lewes’s St Anne’s Hill elms

During March and April 2018, Tesco customers will have the opportunity to vote with their blue tokens for the Friends of Lewes “Lewes Street Elms” project: to restore the avenue of Elm trees on St Anne’s Hill, Western Road, and create a beautiful, green and healthy gateway to Lewes High Street.

This will improve the health and biodiversity of the environment for birds, bees and humans: through reducing pollution, producing oxygen and helping to avoid water run-off.

Tesco’s scheme has already granted us £1,000 but, with the help of your tokens, we could be given even more! This photograph shows one of the two new DED-resistant Elms already planted on this site in March 2017, thanks to the support of East Sussex County Council, Lewes Town Council and a generous donation from a member of the public.

The original seven Elms, dating from about 1900, have now all been felled because they had Dutch Elm Disease. The two photographs below by courtesy of Mick Symes and the Lewes Past Facebook Group.

St Anne's Hill Elms, Lewes, 1916 and 1910