BNZ staff’s hard work
BNZ staff, Mana Cycle Group and the Department of Conservation recently buried themselves knee high in one of Wellington’s most invasive weeds – tradescantia fluminensis (wandering willie) – as part of BNZ’s ‘‘closed for good’’ programme.
Each year BNZ closes its doors so that staff can volunteer for the day and on September 4, volunteers joined forces with DOC to take on the tradescantia fluminensis weed.
The conservation work was part of the plan to build mountainbike tracks on Colonial Knob.
The day involved weeding in the morning and trap installation in the afternoon.
DOC employee Daniel Palmer said hand pulling tradescantia in the middle of a stream was backbreaking work and a hard sell at the best of times.
‘‘I was amazed at what we achieved and the energy that BNZ staff and Mana Cycle Group applied to the task,’’ he said.
Tradescantia can cause serious problems for native plants because it smothers seedlings.
If left unchecked it can prevent the forest from regenerating.
The group also installed 20 predator traps.
The traps will be serviced by the Mana Cycle Group.
Green thumbs: Department of Conservation workers, BNZ staff and Mana Cycle Group volunteers take a break from their work on Colonial Knob.