Environment Bay of Plenty’s Weedbusters spokeswoman for Tauranga, Sara Brill, says the Weed Walk, on Tuesday 2 August, will be held at McCardle’s bush, at the end of Coach Drive from 10am to 11am.
“This will be an excellent opportunity for people to find out how to identify weeds, how to control them, and to learn more about the impact of weeds on the local Bay of Plenty environment,” Ms Brill says.
“The walk will also provide information on our unique harbour saltmarsh environment and the plants that inhabit it.”
As an added incentive to take part, spot prizes of native plants will be offered during the Weed Walk.
McCardle’s Bush is named after the late Sandy McCardle, a local with a passion for weedbusting who put a lot of his time into fighting weeds and caring for the bush in the area below his house on the shores of the Waikareao estuary.
A number of local schools have been invited on the weed walk.
“Our local students are proving to be very keen weedbusters, with their schools providing excellent weeds education and active weedbusting programmes. This is particularly encouraging for our expanding weedbusting efforts in the Bay of Plenty,” says Ms Brill.
Craig Fea, Parks Co-ordinator with Tauranga City Council, says that events such as the Weed Walk help to increase local knowledge about weeds, resulting in more people volunteering to help with weedbusting efforts to help remove them from infested areas.
“Wise disposal of weed waste is the first step to protect parks and reserves from weed invasions,” says Mr Fea. “Council is fighting an ongoing war against weeds and we need everyone to play their part.”
Weeds that have invaded McCardle’s Bush include arum lily, blue morning glory and elephant’s ear, all of which are likely to have originally arrived there with dumped garden waste.
Further information about the Weed Walk can be obtained from Sara Brill on 0800 368 267.