South Waikato News - - Conversations - Roger Free­man, Toko­roa

I am re­luc­tant to write once again to our lo­cal press as it em­bar­rasses my charm­ing and very tol­er­ant wife.

This is more of an ob­ser­va­tion and an at­tempt to un­der­stand the ra­tio­nale un­der which our es­teemed coun­cil op­er­ates .

My ob­ser­va­tion is that when con­trac­tors clean up the weeds in an area that has been ex­ten­sively planted up they avoid any­thing that is grow­ing vig­or­ously and looks healthy. The rest they trash. Un­for­tu­nately the ones they leave are deadly night­shade, flow­er­ing cheery and co­toneaster and other ro­bust nox­ious plants.

I ap­pre­ci­ate that an ef­fort has been made over the last few months to re­trieve some of these jun­gle ar­eas but I do be­lieve an ed­u­cated work­force (re­gard­ing what is a weed and what is not) would be more ef­fi­cient in the long run.

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