Several new areas have been cleared of overgrown and unwanted rhododendron, mainly unnamed and ugly varieties, on the main walk through the centre of the garden.

This has opened up the garden to more air and light benefiting both the existing plants and the new planting that will take place.

After initial clearance with chainsaws, wood chippers and mini diggers the sites have been rotovated with the largest two areas edged with logs from recent tree surgery work.

A bit more ground preparation and then the exciting part of re-planting will start. I will use a range of plants from the wild collected species of Stewartia, Daphniphyllum, Lindera, Magnolia, Mangletia and Sorbus to name a few along side I will introduce some new, to us, Camellia species and a collection of Rhododendron for Glendoick in Scotland mixed with our own grown camellia, Azalea and Rhododendron.

Check back soon for progress updates and see the final effect from March 1st when we re-open.