Bishop's Palace hedgerows threatened by Box Blight
A FUNDRAISING appeal to save the hedging at the Bishop’s Palace has been launched.
THE hedging is suffering from the fungal disease box blight and will cost at least £3,000 to replace.
James Cross, head gardener at the Bishop’s Palace, said: “Unfortunately we cannot predict something like box blight, and this means that our historic formal gardens, like many gardens across the UK, are now suffering considerably.
“The brown patches of hedging are very evident and while they don’t look so out of place in the autumn, they will be quite an eyesore when spring comes and they should be looking green and healthy.
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“What makes this even more frustrating is that we have just completed a major project reinstating historic pathways and introducing new flower beds and planting based on historic records, and imitating the romantic English Garden Style in this area of the gardens. There is nothing that I can use to cure the disease, and therefore I will have to dig up the existing hedges and replace them all with a new resistant alternative.”
All funds raised will go towards the replacement of 130 metres of box hedging in the formal gardens, which is suffering from box blight. The virulent disease attacks the box plant, resulting in bare patches and dieback.
Fundraising Manager at The Bishop’s Palace Joanna Hall said: “Replacing the hedging is not something we expected to do this year and we simply don’t have the spare funds to pay for it.”
Donations can be made by going to the palace or by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiv ing.com/charities/bishopspalace.