Box Blight in the Gardens
Drummond Castle Gardens is one of Europe's and Scotland's most important and impressive formal gardens. Located in Perthshire near Crieff, it dates back to the 17th Century. The gardens were redesigned and terraced in the 19th Century. The formal gradens that you see today were replanted in the 1950s but preserve many of the original features, the ancient yew hedges and the remaining beech tree planted by Queen Victoria, commemorating her visit in 1842. The Formal Gardens have featured in many films and adverts, most notably in the United Artist feature film Rob Roy. Visitors are welcome to visit the gardens, although the castle remains closed to the public.
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Box Blight in the Gardens

Box Blight in the Gardens

For a number of years the disease of box blight has been present in the garden hedges but we have been following a prescription to manage the disease and our perseverance has paid off.   Combining treatment with fungicide and feeding  improves plant health and therefore resistance.

Other steps include improving local soil conditions to promote plant vigour and reducing the width of the hedges to improve airflow and reduce humidity. Some of the hedges have become very wide which has resulted in the centre of the hedge being affected yet the two sides where there is more airflow still healthy.  In these cases, we are removing the centre and one side  and the results to date look promising as this picture shows.

Good hygiene is essential so a strict regime  of cleaning tools and removing and burning cuttings has been adopted.

It is likely that box blight will always be present in the garden and will consequently have to be managed as  part of routine husbandry.

The RHS link below gives good background info.