Driving up the Takaka Hill on State Highway 60 you can't help but notice the vines of Old Man's Beard and Banana Passion fruit that cover the trees.
Both major plant pests, they slowly smother and kill all plants including the tallest trees, prevent the establishment of native plant seedlings, and Banana Passionfruit Vine (BPV) fruit encourages pest animals such as possums and rats. Because of the height of the vines, seeds can be picked up by strong winds and blown into the Abel Tasman National Park, where seedlings have already been found.
In recent years Project De-Vine Trust has received frequent complaints about the vines on the hill and the lack of control work undertaken.
Project De-Vine is committed to removing the pest vines and other plants from the area known as the Halo, which surrounds the Abel Tasman National Park. State Highway 60 makes a convenient edge to the Halo. Project De-Vine along SH60, will carry out this work from below the Riwaka Resurgence turn off to the Ravensdown Lime quarry, commencing mid-February. The work will take approximately three weeks, unless there are delays due to weather.
Travelling to the Abel Tasman National Park without seeing large curtains of these vines will enhance the view, as well as the perception of how we are managing this special part of the Tasman region.
If you require more information, you can view our website http://projectde-vinetrust.org.nz.
Or phone Charmaine Petereit Project De-Vine Trust Operations manager Mobile: 027 679 4040
-Removing pest vines in the Riwaka to Marahau area will create a "halo" of control around Abel Tasman National Park to stop invasive vine seed spread
Friends of Mangarakau Swamp invite you to their annual weekend working bee and AGM.
For the working bee we plan to do 'fill in' planting. The plantings from two years ago are
doing very well and John and Bron have been keeping them well released. It will be very
rewarding to add more plants where there are gaps and there will be plenty of time for
relaxation as well. It will be a opportunity to enjoy the improvements we have made to the
Field Centre, have a look at the revamped information in the hall and walk the new Wattle
The AGM will be held after a shared lunch on Sunday and usually only takes an hour or so. It
is a great opportunity for you to hear about how the swamp is managed and all the
achievements of the past year.
We will be at the swamp from Friday evening and you are welcome to stay over for the
whole weekend or just come for either day. If you stay over you will need a sleeping bag and
food for breakfast, lunch and shared evening meals. Click here for details of how to get there.
For more information contact Robyn firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 5248266.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 08:30 to Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 16:30