6 May 2021 Coillte Nature

Works begin again to clear rhododendron in Hazelwood Forest

Works will begin again this week to clear the invasive rhododendron from the wonderful alluvial woodland in the northern section of Hazelwood Forest, an Annex I priority habitat.  This is a slow careful process in which the rhododendron shrubs are cut, the branches chipped and stumps treated to prevent resprouting.  Work is commencing now so operations can take place during drier weather and site conditions, and will continue throughout the summer period.  Please take care when walking in this area and follow all safety signage and directions.

By removing the rhododendron from the site, this will improve the biodiversity, by providing space and light for lots of different species of ground flora to grow and the wet woodland to regenerate naturally.

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