Progress on weed bat­tle re­viewed

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

Erad­i­cat­ing ‘‘ old man’s beard’’ from the Waima Val­ley is the aim of a Marl­bor­ough eco­log­i­cal re­cov­ery pro­gramme.

Its progress will be out­lined by val­ley property owner Su­san King at the Marl­bor­ough For­est & Bird meet­ing in Blen­heim to­mor­row evening.

Su­san founded the Waima Val­ley Eco­log­i­cal Restora­tion So­ci­ety four years ago af­ter ex­tend­ing an old man’s beard erad­i­ca­tion project on her property, Peg­gioh. Old man’s beard ( Clema­tis

is an in­va­sive vine iden­ti­fied as a threat to the eco­log­i­cal val­ues of the Waima/Ure catch­ment area in south Marl­bor­ough. Su­san wrote a Restora­tion Plan iden­ti­fy­ing ways pri­vate landown­ers could work to­gether to help erad­i­cate the weed.

With the help of a Lotteries grant awarded last Novem­ber, the project area has ex­panded from the area be­tween Peg­gioh and Iso­lated Hill Scenic Re­serve to land down­stream from the Ure Val­ley Rd.

Thurs­day’s pre­sen­ta­tion starts at 7.30pm in the Blen­heim School Hall, Henry St. All wel­come. Weed war: New Zealand Game Bird Habi­tat Trust mem­ber Su­san King, left, will speak about her old man’s beard erad­i­ca­tion project to­mor­row. She is pic­tured here at Para Swamp with Ian Hog­a­rth of Whangarei and trust chair­man Mark Airey of Lake Tarawera.

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