Rhododendron clearance

Daily Echo: Rhododendron clearance Rhododendron clearance

NATIONAL Trust officials are urging the public to help the charity’s conservation rangers control rhododendrons at Foxbury Plantation at Wellow.

This Sunday volunteers will be cutting back and digging out rhododendrons in the 370-acre site in a bid to eradicate the plants.

The trust’s New Forest-based communities ranger Michelle Baxter said rangers have set themselves a target of clearing all rhododendrons from Foxbury within the next 18 months allowing native heathland flora to return.

She added: “When we took the Foxbury site on in 2007 we knew getting on top on the rhododendrons would be a challenge, but with a little help we are confident we can get this done in no time.”

Rangers will also be staging a guided walk at the site and chatting to members of the public who turn up to help about the Trust’s conservation work in the area.

The work starts at 10am and is due to finish at 4pm. Booking is advisable on 01425 650035. More information can be found at nationaltrust.org.uk.

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