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The Wetlands
Restoration Project
The Marsh Area

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Dense rhododendron had to be
removed to reinstate the Marsh Area

History

A transition area between the Wetland and the lake, heavily overgrown  with  rhododendron and lightly interspersed with willow, alder, oak and holly.

Wildlife Value

Minimal. Prior to restoration the value to wildlife was very poor owing to the dominance of rhododendron. This highly invasive species is not native and renders areas ecologically sterile.

Intention

To create a semi-marshland area with associated species.

Method

1) Clearance of rhododendron.
2) Coppice willow.
3) Leave alder, oak and holly standards.
4) Augment willow by extensive planting to encourage invertebrates.
5) Encourage water run-off from Wetland Area to maintain high water table.


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