Community praised for successful Wilding Pine removal day


Ashburton District Council is thanking members of the community who joined in the effort to remove Wilding Pines at Lake Camp on Saturday 26 November, despite the dreary weather conditions.

Council Open Spaces Planner Bert Hofmans says the 25 volunteers who came made a significant impact on the amount of Wilding Pines spreading across the area.

“A number of people turned out for the removal day and although the weather wasn’t always good to us, everyone got in and did their bit,” he says.

“Days like this simply can’t work without the community’s help and we are very appreciative of everyone’s commitment to eradicating this noxious weed and supporting our district’s biodiversity.”

Lake Clearwater hut holders, Environment Canterbury staff, Ashburton Biodiversity Working Group members and Council staff were amongst the group who braved the conditions to remove the invasive, introduced trees.

“We targeted young Wilding Pines, as this is more effective and cost efficient than attempting to remove the mature trees. Just one or two young trees can turn into a dense forest within 15 to 20 years,” Mr Hofmans adds.

Wilding Pines threaten natural ecosystems, farm productivity and landscape values, and if left unchecked, can spread over large expanses of high country in a relatively short period of time.

A concept plan for the management of Wilding Pines and shelter around Lake Camp and Lake Clearwater settlement was also discussed at the removal day.


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