Rhododendron ponticum (Rhododendron)

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Simon Ford (National Trust) clearing Rhododendron with volunteers at Clouds Hill

Simon Ford (NT) clearing Rhododendron with volunteers at Clouds Hill

Please click to download the pdf items below:

Forestry Commission - Managing and controlling invasive Rhododendron, a practice guide (2006).

Forestry Commission - Rhododendron: control best practice (2008).

Lever and Mulch method leaflet

Organic methods of Rhododendron control, Kehoe Countryside Ltd 

Tyler, C. & Pullin, A.S. (2005). Do commonly used interventions effectively control Rhododendron ponticum? Systematic Review No. 6. Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation, Birmingham, U.K.

Walter, M. (2005) Rhododendron Rhododendron ponticum control by mulching, cutting and herbicide application at Blean Woods RSPB Reserve, Kent, England. Conservation Evidence 2, 39-40

Liley, D. (2005) Comparison of two chemicals used to control rhododendron Rhododendron ponticum at Blackhill, Dorset, England. Conservation Evidence 2, 129

The Woodland Trust - Rhododendron.  Wood Wise - Woodland Conservation News Spring 2013, p 14-17

Jackson, P. (2008) Rhododendron in Snowdonia and a strategy for its control. Snowdonia National Park Authority

Maguire, C.M., Kelly, J. and Cosgrove, P.J. (2008). Best Practice Management Guidelines Rhododendron Rhododendron ponticum and Cherry Laurel Prunus laurocerasus. Prepared for NIEA and NPWS as part of Invasive Species Ireland.

Rhododendron ponticum (rhododendron) Management and Control (September 2010) - IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group

Native Woodland Scheme Information Note No. 3: The Control of Rhododendron in Native Woodlands. Woodlands of Ireland.

Higgins, G.T. (2008) Rhododendron ponticum: A guide to management on nature conservation sites. Irish Wildlife Manuals, No. 33. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dublin, Ireland

Website Links:

Forest Research - Improving strategies for long-term eradication of Rhododendron. (2012)

Forest Research - Clearance and disposal strategies for Phytophthora-infected rhododendron. (2012)

Invasive Species Compendium: Rhododendron ponticum (rhododendron) - CABI website (11 March 2014)

Tyler, C., Pullin, A.S. & Stewart, G.B.(2006) Effectiveness of management interventions to control invasion by Rhododendron ponticum. Environ Manage., 37(4):513-22

Edwards, C., Clay, D. V. & Dixon, F. L. (2000) Stem treatment to control Rhododendron ponticum under woodland canopies. Aspects of Applied Biology, 58: 39-46


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