|Saad gives our bash event the thumbs-up after sawing off a rhododendron branch.|
Under instruction from The Environment Trust and fuelled with flapjacks and chocolate cornflake bites, a keen gang of volunteers dug, sawed, lopped and chopped to produce a huge pile of rhododendron cuttings to be removed. A stirling effort! This has dramatically increased the amount of light reaching the woodland floor and removed toxic compounds which were being exuded by the rhododendron leaves and roots. This will allow a variety of native plants and trees to establish at the site, therefore supporting many more species of fauna.
|Chris adds another branch to our huge rhododendron pile.|
And the rewards were already visible as native yew and holly saplings were spotted emerging from the leaf litter - a sign of things to come in this patch of Kingston Hill woodland. We shall be planting some hazel whips here on Saturday 09 February - why not come along and join in the fun? Or if you fancy getting stuck in to the rhodos yourself, we shall be starting work on another patch of Kingston Hill woodland on Saturday 26 January with the help of The Environment Trust once more.
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