- Langley regains ‘National Collection’ for Buxus
- Previous collections suffered from blight or neglect
- Long-term plan being devised for existing plants
- Topbuxus providing their products free for a second year
- Work is ongoing to improve the health of the plants
- Significant reduction of weeds on the Langley site
Following a suggestion by Barry Clarke, Botanist and Plant Records Officer at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, EBTS UK member Andrew Napier, with the help of his wife Lena, Bruce Ginsberg & Chris Poole, are working with the current site owner, Ashley Brunning, to restore/maintain the collection.
This will be a long project and you can follow the progress below.
On 21st November Mike Buffin, Chairman Plant Heritage, confirmed that the Plant Conservation Committee had awarded ‘Full Collection’ status to the Langley collection.
It was booked to be another day of weeding, but when we arrived we were a little worried with some of what we saw.
Work Team: Andrew & Lena On site today and carried out spraying Topbuxus HealthMix. Conditions looking improved, especially now there has been some rain! Next Time: Lots more weeding!
Work Team: Andrew, Lena & Chris The hot weather of the last week or so was breaking and there was the possibility of rain later in the day. So the plan on this visit was to weed and get the second application of Topbuxus Grow applied with the hope that the rain would water it […]
The proposal to apply for National Collection status was presented by Rosie Yeoman on our behalf to the Plant Conservation Committee (PCC) of Plant Heritage and met with overwhelming support. There was plenty of excitement about your work and the timescale for you getting this to the full application stage. Rosie Yeomans, National Collections Coordinator […]
Work Team: Andrew & Lena Just to let you know that I have sent the proposal documents to Plant Heritage for discussion at the Plant Conservation Committee (PCC) at their next meeting on the 13th June. Plant Heritage have already acknowledged receipt , and say they are ‘thrilled’ by the proposal. Rosie Yeomans (Plant Heritage […]
Work Team: Ashley, Lena & Andrew Today we spread a further 60 bags of CARPET around the collection and now only have probably 10-15% of the area left to treat. This remaining area is adjacent to the side of the office/cabin and is in need of a bit more prep to remove weed/bramble growth, and […]
Topbuxus ‘Carpet’ Team: Ashley, Lena & Andrew Topbuxus CARPET applied today; coverage appox 30-40% of total collection at recommended depth of 3cms. (We are asking for guidance re what ‘material’ to use to cover the remainder of the collection. Our preference would be CARPET, to the entire area , including pathways etc, as this would […]
Jermyns House , Hilliers Nurseries Held a meeting, kindly hosted by Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, where the options for regaining National Collection status was discussed along with a longer term strategy. This included the best way to go about potential propagation of specimens, initial discussion about the layout of the collection and how to setup […]
Work Team: Andrew, Lena, Chris We all started by clearing as many of the nettles and other weeds as possible from under the plants. Next Chris applied the Topbuxus Grow at the prescribed rate of 50g per square meter (in this case that works out at roughly one small Marmite jars worth per plant). By […]