All over the countryside there are areas that at first glance would be considered weedy wastelands.
Locals around Blind Creek, near Blenheim, didnít want their waterway to be seen this way. Over the last several years they have been tackling weed issues, replanting natives, and helping transform the riverbanks from eyesore to natural asset.
A joint effort has seen the Marlborough District Council putting up fencing to keep out sheep and clearing the infestations of large weedy trees, while volunteers dealt with other weed and pest issues in the area, as well as replanting with natives.
The Tuamarina Landcare Group that was formed to deal with this is now affiliated with the Tuamarina/ Waikakaho Residentsí Association, and more recently with Weedbusters.
The overall project to transform the Blind Creek riverbanks has been planned in three stages over six years. Regular weedbusting and planting maintenance is done by a core group of Blind Creek Road residents, with around 200 Tuamarina households kept in the loop with a twice-yearly newsletter.
Locals have also been helped by volunteers from the wider Blenheim community and Outward Bound.
Thanks to their efforts, several hundred native plants now grow on the Blind Creek riverbanks - something for present and future generations to enjoy.