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Box Hedges at Woodcote Park

25 - 10 - 2021

As some members may have noticed, our Gardening and Greenkeeping Teams are currently working together to remove the Box Hedges (Buxus Sempervirens) around Woodcote Park.

This decision has been forced by the increasing activity of the infamous Box tree caterpillar
(Cydalima Perspectalis).

Box tree caterpillars feed within webbing and can completely defoliate box plants. It is a relatively new insect to the UK. Whilst the adult moth was first reported here in 2007, caterpillars were not found in private gardens until 2011. It has since become widely distributed across England (particularly London and surrounding areas) and is present in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. It is a pest that has spread around the country in recent years and avidly feast on box plant leaves.

The removal has been phased over two years, starting with the areas most affected by the caterpillar. These areas will be re-planted accordingly, using resilient plants and lawns.