This week our hard working Blackwater Valley Volunteers were back at Parsons Hill to tackle the invasive laurel. Laurel is a non-native plant species which grows dense very rapidly. It outcompetes native species and reduces the biodiversity of our woodlands. By cutting, burning and applying pesticide to the stumps we can control it. Last time at Parsons Hill the volunteers made a clearing through the woodland. This time we expanded that clearing over the hill. A lot more light now reaches the woodland floor and a lovely view can be seen right over the hill. The site is now much more attractive to visitors and more native species have the opportunity to grow.
Ast. Ranger Jenny