Rhododendron Clearance

Restore biodiversity by clearing rhododendrons

Rhododendron Clearance

Treeclear UK provides successful rhododendron clearance. By removing rhododendrons, we can restore our woodlands, estates and wetlands – turning them back into a valuable asset. Controlling rhododendrons encourages natural regeneration of native species – attracting insects, bees and butterflies, and increasing the biodiversity of the site.

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Low impact machinery
Purpose built mulching heads
SB6 rhododendron grant approved
Infected sites with statutory plant health notice
Follow up treatments available

Rhododendron – What’s The Problem?

Treeclear UK provide rhododendron removal and clearance across the UK.

Rhododendron ponticum is causing severe damage to our flora and fauna, destroying many native habitats throughout the UK. Rhododendron is extremely fast-growing – once established, native plants and young trees cannot grow due to the lack of light through its thick canopy. When native plants and grasses disappear, animals, insects and butterflies cannot survive, and our important biodiversity is lost.

Rhododendron thrives in damp, mild conditions, and poor acidic soils. Self-seeding bushes soon spread, forming large impenetrable areas. Lack of management and control has allowed Rhododendron to invade large areas of woodland, wetland, heathland and countryside across the UK.

The management of rhododendron is of great importance to the future of the UK countryside. By removing rhododendron, we can restore our woodlands, estates and wetlands – turning them back into a valuable asset. Controlling rhododendron encourages natural regeneration of native species – attracting insects, bees and butterflies, and increasing the biodiversity of the site.

Treeclear UK Ltd offers various options for the removal of rhododendron depending on the size, density, location and ground conditions.

Get in touch with us today by calling us directly at 01772 783322 or use our online contact form

LGP Excavators

Our excavators are light weight with low ground pressure. They are designed to reduce damage to the existing flora as well as work on boggy terrain.

Cutting heads

Over the past 10 years we have designed and developed a disc mulching head for rhododendron and other woody vegetation. These high output mulching heads are extremely fast – enabling us to clear large areas in little time.

Tracked carriers

Low ground pressure, lightweight and extremely powerful – these machines are fitted with either a 3-metre-wide twin disc or 2.7-meter-wide drum mulching heads. Tracked carriers are ideal for larger areas of rhododendron mulching on various types of terrain.

Why mechanical clearance

Flailing offers a fast and cost-effective way of dealing with tall, dense and impenetrable rhododendron on various sites. With a layer of mulched material over the surface, the site looks clean and tidy and is easy to travel across. The mulched debris can act as a matrix which creates a microclimate encouraging the growth of mosses, ferns and other native species.

Follow up control

Once mechanical flailing has taken place, the majority of the stumps will be damaged – allowing insects, fungi, water and frost to penetrate them, causing them to rot and die. Some of the stumps will re-sprout, requiring further control by the application of herbicide. Treeclear UK can advise you on future control methods and the ongoing management of your site.

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Contact us about Rhododendron Clearance

Get in touch with us for fast quotations and expert advice on your project by calling us today on 01772 783322 or use the form below.

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Frequently asked questions

What type of sites do you remove Rhododendron from?

Treeclear UK have years of experience providing rhododendron clearance on a vast range of sites including:

  • Broadleaf and Coniferous woodlands
  • Country shooting estates
  • SSSIs, SACs, SPAs and Ramsar sites
  • Nature Reserves and Biological Heritage Sites
  • Peatland, Lowland raised Bogs, Mires and Wetlands
Do you provide services throughout the UK?

Most of our work is carried out from the Midlands, up to the Scottish Borders and across to the East coast. But we do take on projects across the length and breadth of the UK.

What are the environmental impacts of Rhododendron invasion?

The invasion of Rhododendron, particularly the invasive species Rhododendron ponticum, can have significant environmental impacts on native ecosystems throughout the UK. Some of the key environmental impacts associated include habitat degradation, adverse impact on wildlife, and economic costs.

Are there any legal requirements for Rhododendron clearance?

In England, there are guidelines governing the clearance of invasive species such as Rhododendron. There are grants available for clearing rhododendron and Forestry England encourages its removal as it can spread the disease phytophthora.

How can I prevent Rhododendron from re-establishing after clearance?

The system used by Treeclear is a very effective method of eradicating the rhododendron. From our experience very little re-growth occurs however we can offer site monitoring and follow-up treatments if required.

How do I get a quote?

If you’re seeking a quotation, we would love to hear from you to discuss the best way to proceed. Call Anthony on 07813 140683 or use our online contact form.

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