The South Devon National Trust Volunteers came out in force this month to help out with work in Plymbridge Woods. The volunteers rose to the challenge of clearing laurel from a very steep slope. This non-native, invasive plant out competes native species for light and space in the woods and, if left unmanaged, can result in a woodland with a very species poor understory. Management of laurel in Plymbridge Woods involves initial cutting back and burning of the cut material to prevent further spread and then stump treatment with herbicide at a later date to prevent regrowth. The South Devon volunteer group often help us out with this task and always get stuck in making a huge impact on the clearance, so thanks goes to them and regular Plymbridge volunteer, Jim Lacey, for a hard day’s work which was made twice as hard by the steep slope and a fire that didn’t want to light!