Tales from the Wood

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1/4 acre of Rhododendrons are finally cleared
It took a long time to get around to it, but the biggest thicket of R. ponticum are finally cleared. It took a great deal of courage and a new baby chainsaw (only 3.1KG) to deal with the tangled mass of branches and twisted tendrils. You can see quite clearly in the final shot, that the space left is totally void of any other growth - rhododendrons out-compete and literally poison-off any competitor or potential forager. After a bit of selective felling this space will be replanted with an understory of hazel or hornbeam. The chainsaw’s a little beauty (yes, really.....only 3.1KG), just right for a bit of carving or bowl-blank cutting; I took 15 portraits of it, but this is definitely its best side.