As part of our work improving woodlands around Aldershot for the Wellesley Project, we have been removing Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) from Thorn Hill wood. Laurel is revered for its dense foliage providing year round screening in private gardens, but when allowed to grow in woodlands it can quickly shade out native woodland species leaving an understorey devoid of any character or value to nature.
However, following an impressive effort from our Tuesday volunteers and also a group of volunteers from IBM, we have completeley cleared Laurel from half of the woodland. Stump treatment has now been done and careful management over the next few years will hopefully control the regrowth of Laurel in the woods. The woodland is now much more open, making it more appealing for recreational use and also improving the habitat by allowing natural regeneration in the shrub layer.