Men at work to tackle rhodo

Rhododendron Eradication Project volunteers with Park Ranger Peter O’Toole

WITH large sections of Killarney National Park, particularly Torc mountain and Gleana Woods, under real threat from invasive rhododendron, an all-out effort is being made to tackle the plant that is causing havoc.

While volunteers and NPWS staff have been fighting a rearguard action against rhododendron for over 30 years, the sheer size of the 10,000-hectare park presents serious challenges.

Volunteers are now being recruited to join the war against an invasive species and those interested are being invited to gather at the Dinis car park this and every Tuesday at 9.30am.

Those that wish to lend a hand are advised to wear appropriate footwear for work in forestry and weather-proof outdoor clothing. All equipment will be provided on site.

“This initiative represents an innovative approach as it is an attempt to harness the efforts of the whole community against this threat to one of Ireland’s most-visited sites of natural beauty,” said volunteer co-ordinator Johnny McGuire.

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