Progress on weed battle reviewed
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.