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Upper Hutt Leader : May 11th 2011
14 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 11, 2011 NEWS 18 Ulric Street, Plimmerton. Phone 04 233 9528 0800 VERSATILE (0800 83 77 28) www.versatile.co.nz * TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. VISIT WWW.VERSATILE.CO.NZ FOR FULL DETAILS at New World Supermarkets for Te Omanga Hospice Hospice Appeal 2011 to help us provide care and support for terminally ill patients and their families. Please make your donation at the checkout. 19, 20 and 21 May 2011 Member of New Zealand 3720161AA Two weeds threat to native bush Moth plant: Vine grows to 6m high and has tubular-shaped flowers with pinkish centre and spongy, green, wrinkled fist-sized pods. Photo: GWRC Blue passion flower: Vine grows to 10 metres high, dark green to purple shiny leaves, white flower (may vary) usually purple outer circle and yellow centre, deep orange, egg-shaped fruits. Photo: CAROLYN LEWIS Unwanted botanical visitors could strangle and smother native bush areas within the region if they are not kept in check, Greater Wel- lington Regional Council bio- security officer Ben Winder says. We are very lucky in the Wel- lington region as bush areas are never that far away from us. Whether it is a small remnant or the Tararua Ranges, the threat introduced weeds pose is very real. The remaining bush that we have needs to be protected. Having native bush nearby, gives the landscape character and is home to many of the native birds that visit our gardens.'' But our native bush is under threat from pest plants that have the potential to climb, spread and smother trees, he says. Greater Wellington is targeting two climbers that have the poten- tial to do this -- blue passion flower passiflora caerulea and moth plant araujia sericifera. No-one wants to see our bush destroyed by these weeds. We need your help to make sure this doesn't happen,'' Mr Winder says. If you suspect you have seen these plants anywhere in the region, please contact us and we'll come and have a look and remove them free of charge.'' Phone Greater Wellington Regional Council on 0800 496 734. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the pest plant pages at gw.govt.nz for a full list.
May 18th 2011