[kitchengardens] sea buckthorn

graham gburnett at unisonfree.net
Thu Mar 1 19:50:16 EST 2001

I would venture to say that sea buckthorn sounds like the ideal plant for
your situation, and that HWT is being overly cautious- I planted a hedge of
sea buckthorn where I used to work
http://www.lodgehome.freeserve.co.uk/page6.html  (similar conditions to what
you describe- planted at Shoeburyness on the Essex coast, probably not more
than about 6 or 7 hundred yards from the mouth of the Thames onto the open
sea where it gets pretty blowy and bitterly cold), and although slightly
slow to get going it has thrived. It's a plant very suitable for maritime
conditions. It's suckering habit is a bonus in the situation you describe
(creates a thicker, more inpenetrable hedge), but isn't so rampant as to
present a pest, at least in my experience (suckers didn't seem to spread,
but were mainly around the base of the hedge- there's also specimens that
I've observed growing in local (Southend) parks + in North London in
municipal plantings (housing estates, etc) where some are growing (no doubt
trained) as 'standard' forms, no evidence of nuisance suckering that I've
seen))... S.B. is a good wildlife plant, it's red or orange berries are an
excelent source of food for birds, and can also be utilised by humans, being
rich in vitamins A, C & E, although it is very sharp to the palate (cook
them with something sweeter). it is also a nitrogen fixer. Lots more info
can be found from Plants For A future at

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anybody there has other info that is pertinent


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----- Original Message -----
From: Trish Shuker <trish at shuker.co.uk>
To: <kitchengardens at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 9:56 PM
Subject: [kitchengardens] sea buckthorn

> Hello
> Does anyone have knowledge of sea buckthorn and its growing habits?  Our
council (Portsmouth) want to plant it as a hedge along the edge of our
allotments where they meet the shoreline. This would mainly be to deter
trespassers - as sea buckthorn has serious thorns and we do have a problem
with vandalism.  There would also be a 2 metre high fence.
> However, Hampshire Wildlife Trust has a piece of shoreline land, which
adjoins our allotments, and they have strong reservations about using sea
buckthorn.  They say that it sends out suckers and would encroach on to the
nearest allotments and be a problem.  Also, as it is not a native to the UK,
it is not beneficial to wildlife.
> We have problems with poor drainage on our allotments, to the extent that
some people have given up their plots - the last thing we want is a plant
which would cause problems for the allotment holders who have plots near the
shore line.  And I also wonder who would be responsible for the maintenance.
> If anyone has any knowledge of sea buckthorn, then please give your views.
> Thanks
> Trish
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