Come and lend a hand removing rhododendron from behind the Whillans Hut at the Roaches on Saturday 4 November 2017, from 10am until 3pm.
Working alongside the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) which manages the estate on a long term lease, we plan to remove as much rhododendron as possible from behind the Don Whillans Memorial Hut, which sits below the Roaches Lower Tier and is managed by the BMC.
This work will not only help to open up the crag and improve conditions on the rock, but also stop this invasive species spreading and shading out the native moorland species that form a key part of the Site of Special Scientific Interest the Roaches sits within.
Meet at the Roaches Gate (grid reference SK 005 620) by the layby car parking for a briefing at 10am.
SWT are providing all tools and PPE for groundwork, but if you have your own gardening/work gloves bring them along.
The majority of work will be at ground level, but a small number of self-sufficient and experienced climbers will be required, to remove small rhododendron seedlings from a few areas of the rock face – if you’re happy doing this please bring along the appropriate kit.
For more information, see the main BMC website