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Free NRC weeds workshops back again



15 July 2022


thumbnail moth-plant-pods-and-flowers-759Free workshops advising how people can tackle some of Northland’s worst weeds and invasive plants are once again about to get underway across Northland.

The workshops, held by Northland Regional Council’s pest plant experts, are a great chance for people to plan ahead and get ready for the busy ‘weed knockdown period’ once the warmth of spring starts to take hold.

“The hands-on sessions will give people lots of information and practical advice on how to identify and control a wide range of nasties that are a problem here in Northland, such as wild ginger, lantana, moth plant, Taiwan cherry and privet,”, says NRC Biosecurity Manager Pest Plants, Joanna Barr.

The first workshop will be held on Tuesday August 2 in Coopers Beach at the St John Ambulance Hall (7 St John Rd) before moving to Kerikeri on Wednesday August 3 at the St John Ambulance Hall (357 Kerikeri Rd). On Thursday August 4, the workshop will be held in Maungaturoto at Maungaturoto Primary (8 Gorge Rd) before moving to Whangarei on Friday August 5 and Saturday August 6 at Northland Regional Council (36 Water St).

Sessions run for three hours, with morning sessions (9am until noon) and afternoon sessions (1pm to 4pm) available. The final workshop on Saturday August 6 in Whangarei will be a morning session only.

Approximately 2000 people have attended the workshops since they were started in 2011 and it’s hoped they will again prove popular this year.

“To fight the onslaught of weeds species we are facing in Te Taitokerau we need everyone to tackle the weeds in their backyard, and other special places they care about,” says Barr. “Events like these are a great way to remove some of the barriers to getting stuck in and are a chance to meet others who are keen to make a difference.”

Numbers for the workshops are limited so registration is essential.

n Keen to attend? Register online at nrc.govt.nz/weedsworkshops or contact Biosecurity Officer Sara Brill directly on freephone 0800 002 004.

Moth plant is a tough, fast-growing vine that can rapidly climb and smother native and exotic trees. PHOTO/SUPPLIED)

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