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A short video (timelapsed) by Urban Hippie on their property, showing planting and EmGuard installation in Hira, Nelson,New Zealand. It certainly felt like we worked that fast but a great outcome in assisting bank stabilization and shading of the water in the upper river catchment. EmGuards up Lud Valley, movie

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EmGuard by FuturEcology

In this latest edition: What we have been reading. Wakapuaka – Bursting with life. War on weeds and wasps. EmGuards – Environmentally friendly plant guards… and more! Newsletter March 2018

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Plastic Plant Guard in Outer Sounds.
Courtesy: Sam Speight

In this latest edition: Planting time and early preparation. War on Weeds – Mahonia japonica and Sycamore. Drone demonstration for weed spraying in difficult sites – link to TVNZ news report. EmGuards update. Newsletter January 2018

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Hooded orchid in the Wakapuaka

In this latest edition: What we have been reading. Mulching blades for scrub bar. Timely maintenance of new plantings. Introduction to new project – Wakapuaka Bursting with Life. Remnant Forests. War on weeds – Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) and Barberry (Berberis glaucocarpa) Introducing interesting species to your plantings – ┬áPukatea and Titoki Newsletter October

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Persimmon Tart

In this latest edition: Air blades for the scrub bar Eco-Guard (EmGuard) development story. War on Weeds – Holly (Ilex aquafolium) Threatened species update. Persimmon Tart recipe Newsletter July pdf.

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In this latest edition: Firewood Art Wetland Identification War on Wasps… and more! Click the link below to find out more Newsletter March

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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

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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

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Steep-clay-bank

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

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