Gardens

After Repton Park’s success in last year’s Redbridge in Bloom competition it has been decided to enter Repton Park under the best community display category again.

A lot of hard work goes into the upkeep of the communal grounds on Repton Park so we are hoping to achieve the top spot again this year. We are very proud of the grounds at Repton Park and the importance of keeping the standards high.

With the lighter evenings and spring approaching, we take this opportunity to remind everyone that front gardens should be kept tidy and maintained at all times in keeping with the high standards throughout the development. We encourage residents to continue the hard work from last year and produce some lovely displays again that you can be proud of.

We look forward to seeing your beautiful displays during the summer months.

 

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Box Hedge Caterpillars

Further to earlier information provided by Firstport about the box caterpillar infestation which has caused some Buxus plants to die on the communal grounds of Repton Park, please note information taken from the RHS website about this subject:

What is box tree caterpillar?

Box tree caterpillars are the larvae of a moth that feeds on box (Buxus) plants. It is native to East Asia and it became established in Europe in 2007. Although adult moths were first found in the UK in light traps in 2008, it was not until 2011 that larvae were reported in private gardens in the home counties. By the end of 2014 the moth had become established in parts of London and surrounding counties; in many cases the caterpillars had caused severe defoliation indicating that the moth is likely to become a serious problem.

Symptoms

Gardeners are likely to become aware of box tree caterpillar when they find webbing and caterpillars on box plants. The pale yellow flattish eggs are laid sheet-like, overlapping each other on the underside of box leaves. Newly hatched caterpillars are greenish-yellow, with black heads. Older caterpillars reach up to 4cm (1¼in) in length and have a greenish/yellow body with thick black and thin white stripes along the length of the body. The pupae are concealed in a cocoon of white webbing spun among leaves and twigs.

The adult moth usually has white wings with a faintly iridescent brown border, although the wings can be completely brown or clear.

The moth has a wingspan of around 4cm (1¼in). The caterpillars eat box leaves and produce webbing over their feeding area.

Plants may also show patches of dieback which may be especially apparent on trimmed plants. This is not to be confused with dieback caused by the disease known as box blight

Non chemical control

Where practical, caterpillars should be removed by hand. A pheromone trap which can help monitor adult moth activity is available from several suppliers including Agralan.

The mixed nematode biological control sold as Fruit and Vegetable Protection may have some effect on the larvae

Chemical control

Extensive infestations can be treated with an insecticide. Thorough spray coverage is required if control is to be achieved. Forceful spraying is needed to penetrate silk webbing.

The contact pyrethroid insecticides pyrethrum (considered organic e.g. Bug Clear Gun for Fruit and Veg or Defenders Bug Killer,), deltamethrin (e.g. Provado Ultimate Fruit & Vegetable Bug Killer, Sprayday Greenfly Killer), lambda-cyhalothrin (e.g. Westland Resolva Bug Killer) may have some effect.

We hope you find the above information helpful if you are experiencing problems with the box caterpillar.

Please let us, or Firstport, know if you find any Box Hedge Caterpillars or evidence they have come back.

 

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SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING 26TH MARCH 2019

 

On behalf of the RPRA, I hereby give notice that a Special General meeting of the RPRA will take place on Tuesday 26th March 2019, details as below:-

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
Domus Marie, Chigwell Convent, 803 Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, Essex IG8 8AU
(entrance in Turpins Lane)
Tuesday, 26th  March 2018 at 8:00 pm

Refreshments will be available prior to meeting start at 7:30 pm.

The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the proposed Major Works to the Leasehold Properties under which a Stage 1 Section 20 Notice was sent to leaseholders last year on the 30th April 2018 by Firstport.

If you haven’t already done so, please register your membership of the RPRA. There is no charge for membership.

You can register here.

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Yours faithfully 

Brian Lindsey
Secretary

 

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Fireworks Night 2018

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Another very enjoyable fireworks party was organised this year by the RPRA in conjunction with First Port.

I would particularly like to thank Matthew Snelling the development manager, and Hayley Hunt and Simon Birnie of the RPRA for their hard work in organising the event.

Great video below courtesy of Matthew Snelling.

Hope to see even more of you there in 2019!

 

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS OF THE EVENT

City View
Complete Fire Protection
EMJ
Essex Lifts
Findlay Communications
First Port
Fortress
Hunt Property Services
JM2
Marlborough Surfacing
MBS
PMR
Sentra Security
Shear Excellence
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