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Rhodedendron clearance in Peak District: Nabil Abbas pointing out how the clearance will allow plants to return by the cloughs running into the Strines

From an exotic import to  ‘aggressive’ plant species 

Wealthy Victorians grew the garish rhododendron ponticum ‘to ornament our houses in the Spring,’ as a magazine of the time put it. The first British catalogue listing in 1793 for the exotic import from Spain and Portugal was an astronomical seven shillings and sixpence for a single plant (or over £52 nowadays). Some 200 years later, attitudes have changed. 
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