Helping out in Holyrood Park

This weekend we spent an afternoon helping garden in one of Edinburgh’s most scenic spots, Holyrood park. As a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), Holyrood park is part of just 2% of UK grassland which has been ‘unimproved’ – it has never had pesticides or fertilisers sprayed, so to keep invasive species under control takes a lot of manual effort!

The original plan was to pull Himalayan Balsam out, but unfortunately due to the warm weather it had started flowering a bit earlier than expected, and instead of controlling it we’d have helped spread it’s seed around, not exactly helpful! Instead we pulled a similar plant Rosebay Willowherb, which grows quite densely and blocks so much light younger plants are unable to grow.

Here’s Sophie looking Angelic and leaving everyone else to do the hard work…

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