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7 Aug 2019

Getting rid of rhodies

Volunteers clearing Rhododendron ponticum
Volunteers clearing Rhododendron ponticum
At number 73 on our 100 Ways list, we’re stemming the spread of Rhododendron ponticum through the hard work of our conservation volunteers, who are ‘bashing’ back this invasive species and giving our native trees, shrubs and plants space to grow.

Rhododendron ponticum is a big problem for Scotland’s flora. The plant has spread wildly across Scotland since it was introduced in the 1700s. It crowds out native plants, shrubs and trees, and can carry pathogens that harm other plants too.

At the Trust, we’re doing our bit to tackle this invasive species using a range of methods – in Wester Ross, we’ve been using stem injection techniques to get rid of rhodies. We also carry out a huge amount of rhodie-bashing – this is hard, physical work to clear these plants and give native species the light and space they need to regrow.

Much of this work is carried out by our dedicated Conservation Volunteer (CV) groups, who work at Trust places all over the country. The Glasgow CVs head to Brodick in September for a bout of rhodie-bashing.

Find out more information on Conservation Volunteers and how to get involved. 


Glasgow Conservation Volunteers head to Brodick Castle for some rhodie bashing in September
Glasgow Conservation Volunteers head to Brodick Castle for some rhodie bashing in September