Pest plant advice

Participants at last year’s workshop identifying pest plants

This winter will be the eighth year the Northland Regional Council has held its popular pest plant workshops, one of which specialist Sara Brill will host at the Paparoa Memorial Hall on July 23.

Pest plant experts will pass on tips on how to tackle some of Northland’s worst weeds at free workshops learning how to better manage both land and freshwater-based pest plants, either on their own land or properties they manage for others.

“Informative, fun and free, these three-hour workshops might be just the thing you’ve been looking for if you’ve ever wondered which weed is which, why weeds wander and what can be done about it,” said Councillor Joce Yeoman.

Sara Brill says the workshops are hands-on and delivered in a relaxed and fun way to help people learn how best to tackle a wide variety of more than 20 pest plants.“

These include wild ginger, lantana and moth plant and the workshops also highlight the need to report freshwater weeds like salvinia and water hyacinth.”

Councillor Yeoman says the winter workshops are a great chance for people to plan well ahead and get ready for the busy ‘weed knockdown period’ once the warm spring growth phase starts.

People interested in attending should email Sara at sarab@nrc.govt.nz or phone 09 470 1162 to register. Numbers are limited to 30 people each time, so registration is essential.

General information on pests is available from the council’s website nrc.govt.nz/pestcontrolhub. 


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