Expert to speak about threats and control of serious weeds
Weeds flourish throughout Northland and the Brynderwyns and Mangawhai are no exception. The Friends of the Brynderwyns Society has invited Jack Craw to speak on problem weeds and their management at its September AGM in Mangawhai.
Society Chair, Martina Tschirky, says Jack Craw is extremely well qualified to inform and advise on the subject with 40 years experience in biosecurity and weed and pest management. This included being Auckland Council’s biosecurity manager for 11 years and a science manager for the Victorian Government. Craw also wrote DOC’s national weed control resource Weed Manager, and several books on plants.
He served on the Northland Conservation Board and chaired The Friends of Matakohe-Limestone Island Society and the Northern Branch of Forest & Bird. Some weeds are more serious than others and have the ability to smother, prevent seed germination and to displace significant native vegetation.
They include for example, climbing asparagus, ginger, moth plant, woolly nightshade, privet and banana passionfruit. All are present in the local area. “If you have a concern about a weed this is a great opportunity to learn from someone with vast experience and knowledge,” says Tschirky. “It would be a bonus if Jack could tell us how to deal with the scourge of climbing asparagus which is rife throughout the MAZ recreation area.
Its seeds are being carried everywhere and where it gains a hold it threatens the integrity of the Brynderwyn bush.” All are welcome to attend the meeting. n Friends of the Brynderwyns Society AGM, Domain Hall, Moir St, Mangawhai, 2.30pm, September 30.