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Eliminating pest plants on Waitītiko

July 3rd, 2019

Yesterday STEPS and our friends the Freelance Moth Plant Removers had a third session in a large property at the top of the Waititiko Meola catchment.  Margaret and Camilla worked around the wetland; Jeremy and Oliver worked back along the watercourse (source of Meola Creek), and Jean, Keith, Sel, Neil, Shannon and Liz went along the western boundary to remove moth plant pods before they could burst. We hope we prevented millions of future plants!

  

The weeds had become entrenched since the gardener of many years moved on. Both moth plant (Araujia  hortorum) and woolly nightshade ( Solanum mauritianum) are listed as pest plants by Auckland Council.   We plan to soon finish off many woolly nightshades which are still there in order to provide the owner with a clear starting point for containing these weeds.  Unfortunately each araujia pod may have 1000 seeds and the ground will now be covered in seedlings for many more years.

The top of the catchment is a critical point for transmitting weeds down to the neighbours and wider catchment. This is the last of four large watershed properties to commit to managing weeds and we have been delighted by the enthusiasm of staff volunteers. Because we don’t want to repeat this effort here we now plan to work with the gardening management and team to prevent recurrences.

 

Thanks so much to Jean who organised us and provided photos;  and to Keith and those who brought gear; Shannon for materials and for joining us and of course our large professional gang who did all the work – the largest so far according to Jean!

“They also serve who only stand and watch admiringly”😃

Help Inanga Spawn by Trapping Pests in Meola

June 15th, 2019


Whitebait Connection have an exciting project to aid inanga to spawn in Meola Creek. High levels of rats and mice near the eggs mean we need your help.
If you are interested in pest trapping around Pasadena to help those inanga and other critters please contact Sophie Journee sophiej@whitebaitconnection.co.nz
There are a number of trapping courses being run separately so limited experience is OK.

Invite to Mount Albert Grammar School Tree Planting Day — Sunday June 16

June 12th, 2019

Dear ASB MAGS Farm Neighbours,

At the ASB MAGS Farm, our plans to demonstrate good farming practice are coming to fruition and we will be planting the paddock next to the stream with native seedlings provided under the Trees for Survival programme.

You are invited to our planting on Sunday 16 June 10am — 2pm (rain date 23 June) by staff, students, friends and neighbours.

Watercare, which is building the nearby Central Interceptor wastewater tunnel, are kindly providing food and a barbecue for the event. A coffee cart will also be available.

You do not have to plant any trees to attend but if you would like to talk to MAGS and Watercare staff about the farm enhancement, please RSVP at the email address below.

Kind regards,

Esther Hancock

HOD Agriculture and Horticulture ehancock@mags.school.nz

MOUNT ALBERT GRAMMAR SCHOOL

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