Community invited to wilding tree removal day

Ashburton District Council is inviting members of the community to take part in a Lake Camp Wilding Tree Removal day on Saturday 26 November, as the invasive weed continues to spread around the popular recreation site.

Council Open Spaces Planner Bert Hofmans says removal days have been held throughout the year to eradicate the introduced species, and it is important to keep the positive work going.

“The efforts of volunteers are vital to our success in eradicating wilding trees and we are very appreciative to members of the community who come along to help out. We’d love to see more people join us again to get rid of this weed,” he says.

Wilding pines are an invasive introduced tree that if left unchecked can take over large expanses of the high country in a short period of time. They present a major threat to natural ecosystems, biodiversity, farm productivity and landscape values.

Anyone interested in joining Council and the Ashburton Biodiversity Working Group on Saturday 26 November should bring along good footwear, gloves and a lopper if they have one. A BBQ lunch will be provided.

The Lake Camp Wilding Tree Removal day will kick off at 9.30am at the entrance to the lake area on the eastern side of Lake Camp.

To RSVP, contact Barry Austin or Edith Smith from the Ashburton Biodiversity Working Group on 027 434 4041 or edithsmith05@gmail.com by Wednesday 23 November 2016.

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