KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK welcomed a variable army of visitors from across Ireland to wage war on the rhododendron scourge this week.
As Killarney Advertiser has highlighted in its campaign this year, invasive rhododendrons, whose unconstrained growth is a danger to flora and fauna, threaten the Park’s natural beauty and delicate ecosystems.
November has seen the National Park teaming up with Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce and Irish Men’s Shed Association and Haven Pharmacy to help protect a vital part of Ireland’s natural heritage.
The initiative, which was spearheaded by Killarney pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly, saw 45 members of Men’s Sheds across Ireland get into action with local volunteers, including the Killarney National Park Mountain Meitheal, from Sunday until Wednesday.
Through the generosity of Killarney Chamber and hoteliers, all those attending were accommodated and fed for the duration of their stay in Killarney.
Paul O’Neill, president of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, said
“It is easy to see Killarney as a successful tourism town, but at its heart are communities of people who work together tirelessly to protect and enhance the National Park.”
Above: Volunteers tackling rhododendron this week. Pic: Valerie O’Sullivan