Dozens of men’s sheds members from across the country descended upon Killarney National Park last week to tackle the scourge of invasive rhododendron. The initiative saw 50 men’s sheds members from 15 sheds throughout Ireland travel at the invitation of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce (KCTC) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Originally introduced as ornamentation and hunting cover in the 18th century, rhododendron ponticum poses a serious threat to native flora and fauna in the 10,000ha park, including the Kerry slug, Killarney fern and Ireland’s only herd of native deer.