Wetland weeds get the chop

Maritime Terrace project leader Adrian Meys of Birkenhead plants native trees at a property where wattles and monkey apple trees have been felled and injected to stop them growing again.DIGGIN IN: Maritime Terrace project leader Adrian Meys of Birkenhead plants native trees at a property where wattles and monkey apple trees have been felled and injected to stop them growing again.

Residents concerned at the spread of weeds in the Little Shoal Bay wetland and surrounding bush reserve have banded together to do something about it.

Every month, a working bee has been gathering to save native trees and emerging shrubs from morning glory which has already killed off a number of treeferns.

Rafts of wild ginger have been cut back and treated and in their place shrubs, flax and other natives have been planted.

Local resident Adrian Meys has been talking with others about getting rid of the source of the worst problem in and around the wetland, Australian wattles, whose seeds spread around the wetland in their thousands.

Recently residents and property owners planted about 800 native trees in the area to improve the environment and reduce the risk of the wattle and acmena seeds spreading across the wetland again.

If you are interested in helping, contact the local volunteer group by phoning Adrian on 419-4977 or Keith on 021-240-9414.

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Reprinted with permission: Auckland Now – North Shore Times

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