Yet more foreign pests, brouht in with consignment plants. : RHS
Affiliation between RHS and Gardeners Association

The Royal Horticultural Society, to which the NLWGA is affiliated, is seeking closer links with associations like ours, were they are able to provide solutions to gardening problems that many of us amateur gardeners cannot. Furthermore, the RHS will advise on new problems facing gardeners (such as the spread of the New Zealand flatworm that devastates earthworm populations) and possible solutions. They are also seeking our help in gathering country-wide information.

Our committee member Malcolm Greenhalgh has recently taken on the role of linking between us and the RHS and below are some of the recent problems they have advised about. We will try and update the site regularly with further details. If you have comments or experience with any of these please feel free to add your comments by using the comment links. Hopefully we can all benefit from our affiliation with the RHS by learning that little bit more about the plants that we grow. We will collate and feed back to the RHS.

If you have experienced other gardening issues you would like Malcolm to take up with the RHS please email details of these to us using the email links below, and we will endeavor to seek their advice and post  response for all to read and learn from

RHS Membership can be yours at a discount price, and our Association will make a fiver if you do! Advantages: 12 issues of The Garden every year (the best gardening magazine); free entry into RHS gardens (as at Harlow Carr and Wisley); members’ day at RHS shows (e.g. Tatton); a free advice service. If you are interested, please contact Malcolm Greenhalgh.

Yet more foreign pests, brouht in with consignment plants.

by Malcolm Greenhalgh on 03/28/13

This time two very closely related species, the Asian and the citrus longhorn beetles, have arrived and are spreading. Their larvae feed on the heartwood of trees and shrubs and their tunneling weakens the plant, leading to death. The larvae have exit holes 6-11mm in diameter close to ground level. The adult beetles are unmistakeable: up to 37mm (1 1/2 inches) in lenght, with a black body with double white spots on the back and with very long, black and white banded antennae. Should you come across one, put it alive in a container for examination: these are notifable pests. The Food and Environments Agency (FERA) can be contacted on 01904 465625.

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