On Thursday the Castle Semple Conservation Volunteers cleared out some rhododendron from a section of Parkhill Wood. Rhododendron ponticum is an invasive species which outcompetes native plants and trees and can smother them through vigorous growth. They grow well in a damp, mild climate so they need to be controlled in Parkhill Wood to stop them covering over the woodland. By clearing it away it allows native plants a chance to regrow. After being cut down, the rhododendron branches are then burned.
Thanks to the volunteers for all their hard and muddy work. The tea and biscuits afterwards were richly deserved!