Diseased hedge will be replaced

Helen Gardens, hedge alongdside Dukes Drive threatened with being removed for a cycle path. July 15th 2011 E29023M
Helen Gardens, hedge alongdside Dukes Drive threatened with being removed for a cycle path. July 15th 2011 E29023M
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A PROMINENT seafront hedge is diseased and will be replaced.

A check on the hedge at Helen Gardens has uncovered a disease which is in danger of infecting other hedges in the Meads area if not caught in time.

The roadside hedge is showing early signs of succumbing to the Euonymus scale insect, a pest that has been responsible for killing hedges on Eastbourne’s seafront for nearly a decade.

The hedge will be replaced with Griselinia littoralis, a relatively quick-growing evergreen hedge with apple green coloured oval leaves that has been proven hardy, surviving last year’s winter snow. It will be supplemented with palms to mirror the design used on the Western Lawns.

The problem was first identified on the Western Lawns nearly a decade ago and since then hundreds of metres of dead, diseased and dying Euonymus hedge has been removed and replaced, including the entire hedged perimeter of the Western Lawns and hedges on the Wish Tower Slopes, Fisherman’s Green, Redoubt Gardens and Princes Park.

As the hedges are removed, they are being replaced with other types of hedging plants such as privet, yew and Griselinia, to minimise risks to other hedges.

Councillor Neil Stanley said, “We have decided to adopt a more proactive approach and remove hedges as soon as they show the early signs of the pest, and replace them with new hedges or planting, wherever necessary.

“The new hedge and planting will greatly enhance Helen Gardens and provide an effective boundary to this popular cliff top garden.”