BNZ staff’s hard work

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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.

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