Buxus National Collection

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    July 17th, 2017
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    June 22nd, 2017
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    April 19th, 2017
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    April 11th, 2017

Current Status

  • No ‘National Collection’ for Buxus in the UK
  • Previous collections suffered from blight or neglect
  • Aim to regain ‘Buxus Nation Collection’ status for the Langley collection
  • Long-term plan being devised for existing plants
  • Topbuxus providing their products free for the first year

Following a suggestion by Barry Clarke, Botanist and Plant Records Officer at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, EBTS UK members Andrew & Lena Napier, with the help of Bruce Ginsberg & Chris Poole, have now agreed with the current site owner, Ashley Brunning, that EBTS UK will coordinate bringing the collection back to health and National Collection status.

This will be a long project and you can follow the progress below.


Good & Not So Good

It was booked to be another day of weeding, but when we arrived we were a little worried with some of what we saw.


Topbuxus HealthMix Spraying

Work Team: Andrew & LenaOn site today and carried out spraying Topbuxus HealthMix.Conditions looking improved, especially now there has been some rain!


Weeding & Feeding

Work Team: Andrew, Lena & ChrisThe 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 in.Since […]

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Proposal presented to Plant Heritage

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 & Events, […]

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Proposal Sent Off

Work Team: Andrew & LenaJust 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 Area Coordinator) will […]

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More Carpeting & 1st HealthMix spray

Work Team: Ashley, Lena & AndrewToday 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 also some […]

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Carpeting & Weeding

Team: Ashley, Lena & AndrewTopbuxus 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 result in a more […]


Attaining National Status?

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 / maintain data about the […]


First feed

Work Team: Andrew, Lena, ChrisWe 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 the end of […]


Topbuxus Site Visit

Team: Andrew, Lena, Bruce, Chris, Adrie, Wout, AshleyThis was the first time Topbuxus had seen the current state of the collection and although the plants are seriously underfed & fighting for space Topbuxus were confident that their regime would work.  In fact they were so confident they offered to supply free a years worth of their […]