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Dying Beech Hedge

Hi all. 

First time possting here and complete gardening novice, so keep it simple please! 

I have inherited a large and mature beech hedge. Recently one of the plants has developed some sort of disease. The branches break off in your hands and the wood feels like balsa. One of the plants has come out completely and the one next door has large dead patches, but is also sprouting some new growth. Most of the other plants nearby seem fine, although a few bits elsewhere in the garden have similar symptoms. 

Also, this may or may not be relevant. The hedge is the border to a large rhodedendron. The whole lot was neglected for years and we had to cut back some bits of hedge last year, as they were becoming more tree than hedge. There is lots of dead wood in the rhodedendron, but it seems pretty healthy otherwise. Currently in flower. 

Any ideas of what this might be and how to stop it spreading much appreciated! 

Thanks

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,882

    Hello Matthew and welcome to the Forum. Gosh that does not look good. Unfortunately I am no expert on beech hedging or its possible diseases and I just don't know what to advise. You could try contacting the RHS and seek it's advice but there may be an expert here who will help you. Fingers crossed.

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  • Thanks for the reply. I will try the RHS if I don't get anywhere here. It doesn't look good does it! I really hope it's not too serious as we have a lot of beech hedge! 

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