Landowners and managers across the Highlands are being asked to help protect valuable and commercial woodlands from a devastating disease – by tackling rhododendron in and around key ‘at risk’ sites.
The call comes from The Highland Rhododendron Project and is aimed at halting the spread and minimising the damage from Phytophthora ramorum.
Project Officer Julie Paton said:
“The Highlands haven’t yet been affected by this disease – but it thrives in wet, acidic conditions and with no native enemies, the only way to prevent the disease from taking a tighter hold in the Highlands is through management intervention across landscape and ownership boundaries. We need landowners and managers to help by removing rhododendrons.”
For further information about how to get involved contact Julie Paton on 01463 811606 or Jonathan Willet on 01463 702274.