Plants for Garden Railways

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Re: Plants for Garden Railways

Post by andymctractor » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:45 pm

andymctractor wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:46 pm
About 50% of my trees are box but I've not bought any more since I heard of the deadly disease that is spreading up the UK.
Page 19 of the i newspaper Tues 10th Sept had an article looking at the Ham Estate owned by the National Trust which has almost two thirds of a mile of Box. They've noticed that a group of jackdaws have developed a taste for the 'box tree moth'. When the moths emerge the jackdaws appear. Gardeners at the estate are exploring ways to encourage the jackdaws as some badly damaged areas of box have begun to rejuvenate.
I'm going to suggest that if you see a jackdaw or similar pecking at any sad looking box bushes, rather than blame them for the damage you might encourage them to stay and eat their fill.

Good luck.
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Re: Plants for Garden Railways

Post by DonW » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:53 pm

We have quite a lot of box hedging but we also get visits from the local Jackdaws which sounds like it might help.

Thanks for the info.


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Re: Plants for Garden Railways

Post by Andrew » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:50 pm

I was tweaking a fishplate on the lift-out bridge next to the back gate the other day and wondered what all the strange yellow detritus all over the track was - looking up, I noticed that the box tree above it was a complete mess, which seems to be the work of the box tree moth. I'll find an alternative, but I'm rather sad about it - box trees have been part of my garden railway world for the 15 years we've lived at the current address. They've survived being transplanted twice while the garden was completely trashed by building work, but it looks like they may be on their way out. Unless I can find me some jackdaws, of course, or persuade the local robins, sparrows, tits and blackbirds that the box tree moth is a tasty delicacy...



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