Volunteers removing cherry laurel from Slieve Gullion Forest Park

The entrance drive of Slieve Gullion Forest Park has been overgrown for many years with cherry laurel and rhododendron which creates a dark corridor to drive through to reach the rest of the forest. Volunteers have now begun a project of cutting back the cherry laurel and rhododendron to allow more light to reach the forest floor and improve the overall biodiversity of the area.

As the area is cleared of cherry laurel, native under-storey trees such as hazel and holly will be planted in their place. In about two Spring times from the start of the clearance work, the forest floor should be once again covered in forest flowers as the soil improves.

Keep an eye on this gallery to see the progress of the project.