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St Peters College Weedbusters
Sep 24, 2007
Author: Teresa Jackson, DOC

WEEDBUSTERS is a group of volunteers supported by St. Peterís College, Gore District Council and the Department of Conservation (DOC). We work to reduce the impact that pest plants have on areas of local native bush. We are learning about the ecology of native forest areas and the safe and effective control methods for weeds.

We are part of the nationwide Weedbusters initiative. Weedbusters is an interagency organisation supported by the Department of Conservation, Biosecurity New Zealand, Federated Farmers, Biodiversity New Zealand, NZ Landcare Trust, Nursery and Garden Industry Association, NZ Biosecurity Institute, NZ Plant Protection Society, and all unitary and regional councils in New Zealand. www.weedbusters.org.nz

The work takes place in Dolamore Park, approximately twelve kilometres from Gore in the Hokonui Hills. Dolamore Park is managed by the Gore District Council and borders the Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve, managed by DOC.
Croydon Bush and Dolamore Park are under threat from several invasive weeds that shade out native plants.

The work that we are doing is slowing the influx of weeds in the reserves, with the main focus on two weeds Ė Chilean Flame Creeper and Sycamore. See overleaf for a detailed description of these weeds.
Generally we meet to carry out hands-on weed eradication work on a Sunday afternoon at least once a term. In addition St. Peterís students spend class time weedbusting at the sites in term four.

Our weedbusting efforts were recognised at the inaugural Regional Weedbuster Awards held last year, when we won a highly commended in the education section.