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    Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter 2017

    In this latest edition:

    Firewood Art

    Wetland Identification

    War on Wasps… and more!

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    Newsletter March

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    Old Mans Beard

    Another Old Mans Beard vine bites the dust. We are presently working through a local forest remnant searching methodically for OMB and Banana Passionfruit vines. When discovered they are either hand pulled or cut and pasted with herbicide. This is slow and careful work but very satisfying.

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    Veldt Grass

    We are starting to notice a particularly invasive grass around the Top of the South. Its name is Veldt Grass or Erhartia erecta. This grass is very easily spread through seed on boots or clothing and is making its presence felt even in remote areas. Given its ability to thrive in shade and smother vegetation it makes it a serious threat to bio diversity.
    The good news is that it is easily controllable with herbicides such as Glyphosate. It just takes diligence and a methodical approach to eradication. Doing nothing is not an option as it will just totally take over areas. It is never cheaper or easier to control than right now.

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    Workshop on Wetland, Riparian or Forest Remnant Restoration

    This is an informative, one day workshop, led by Robert Fryer of FuturEcology.

    Robert has been involved in Wetland and Forest Restoration projects in the Top of the South for many years including projects for the Department of Conservation and Local Authorities.

    He has a passion for sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for these type of projects so that opportunities for enhancing these types of environments can be undertaken by private individuals as well as local and national Government Agencies.

    Robert has taught horticultural classes at the local Polytechnic as well as night classes on plant propagation for many years through Waimea College.

    This one day workshop will explore the following:

    * The value of the remnants of both forest and wetlands to the overall ecological diversity of the Tasman District.

    * Where landowners can seek help for restoring ecological systems including possible funding sources.

    * The types of plants that are suitable for different habitats, including an introduction to some of the threatened plant species in the area and how these could possibly be introduced to local habitats successfully.

    * A practical session on some simple plant propagation.

    * Where to source plants and the importance of eco-sourcing.

    * An overview of basic site preparation and maintenance.

    There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and sharing ideas.

    Glen-wetland

    A light lunch featuring local flavours will be served.

    The workshop is being held in the Bill Marris Room at Mapua Hall.

    Saturday 14th February from 9am to 3pm.

    Cost is $75 per person.

    Please contact Robert on rob@futurecology.co.nz  or 0275451625 to book your place by no later than Wednesday 11th February.

    Places are limited to a maximum of 12.

    Payment along with any special dietary requirements is required on confirmation of booking .

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    Latest from FuturEcology

    It is hard to believe we are now 8 weeks into our new venture. We have made great progress talking with and renewing old acquaintances right across the top of the South.

    Spring has now well and truly sprung and with it so too are the weeds starting to move. A gentle rain over the last few weeks has hastened their progress. Now is a good time to get that weed control program underway before your young plants get swamped. Any new plantings need to be finished by now or no later than the second week of October. Wetland plantings obviously have a slightly wider window, however it would be good to have all these complete to take advantage of Spring growth.

    We can still expect a few more frosts right through to November so plantings may still be vulnerable if they have soft new growth.

    Now is a good time to start thinking about next years planting as you need to get those orders in to nurseries to secure eco sourced plants.

     

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    Welcome

    One of my other passions is creating sculptures inspired by seed pods and capsules. I am enjoying the freedom to be more creative along with developing the business. In the last month I have created two new works out of Totara and Rata gathered from Nelson and the West Coast.

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    Tui in cherry tree

    Up to 15 Tui have regularly been using this and neighbouring trees this Spring. These birds have been indulging in quite raucous behaviour from dawn till dusk, great entertainment.