SY7492 : Rhododendron Mile, Puddletown Forest

taken 8 years ago, near to Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, Great Britain

Rhododendron Mile,  Puddletown Forest
Rhododendron Mile, Puddletown Forest
The road through Puddletown Forest used to be lined with rhododendron ponticum and in spring the mauve flowers drew lots of people to see them, including my family when I lived in Dorchester many years ago.
During 2009 and 2010 a wide swathe either side of the road on the right in this image was cleared to stop this non-native invasive plant spreading into the pine monoculture of this planted commercial forest, although many local people were upset at the wholesale removal. See also SY7492 : Rhododendron mile, Puddletown Forest and SY7492 : Rhododendron Clearance, Puddletown Forest
There was also a desire to increase the safety of forest users and I understand that a small but useful reduction in anti-social activities has taken place.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 29 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 7 March, 2011
Woodland > Forestry Commission land   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 74444 92518 [1m precision]
WGS84: 50:43.9026N 2:21.8084W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 74424 92488
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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