19 Feb 2011

Fagus sylvatica: the new Beech Hedge

February, and a new hedge of Beech (Fagus sylvatica) has been planted in the north of the Holkham Walled Garden. This will screen the nursery beds and edge the walkway over to the new produce garden beyond.
If you are thinking of planting such a hedge then now is the time. Full instructions can be found on the Royal Horticultural Site, just click on the link. Information about the square protective guards can be found [here].  They offer a protective micro climate.
Tim Marshall, Head Gardener says, " I think sylvatica is really the best for hedging - I am not that keen on the purple form. A nice feature of beech is how the hedging holds onto its leaves until spring. The guards are there to protect in case of rabbit attack - though we are pretty sure that there is only a small population left.........."

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