Invasive Species Control

broadleaf woodlands at Barlavington Estate with bracken and rhododendron to control

The control of plants such as Rhododendron, Bracken and Himalayan Balsam is important to maintain the natural biodiversity of our woodlands.

Rhododendron is a particularly damaging plant casting heavy shade and soil acidification that denies any other plant. It has also been linked to phytopthera infections in oak and larch. With dense and heavy colonisations we have found the most effective method is to grub and burn; removing as much root as possible reduces regrowth. This is followed up by application of herbicide to the regrowth 18 months later.

Rhododendron Control is supported through Woodland Improvement Grants

Bracken is a pernicious plant that prevents tree regeneration and is detrimental to natural woodland ground flora. Control is best effected through application of a selective herbicide, Asulox, often over a couple of years. Where bracken litter is dense, scraping off back to the mineral soil is recommended.

Himalayan Balsam spreads along watercourses dramatically changed this riparian habitat. Control through cutting and glyphosate application is recommended.

To find out more about invasive species control get in touch via our enquiry form and one of our forest managers will get right back to you.


Operations include:

Bracken control,  Rhododendron control,  Balsam control