Focus on the Land
Workshop on privet issue and control in Ruatoria
Monday, September 17, 2012
A WORKSHOP on how to stop privet trees taking over your garden will be held at Ruatoria tomorrow morning.
The workshop organised by Gisborne District Council is at the rest area opposite Burdett Place, Main Road Ruatoria, from 11am.
Council team leader of biosecurity Phil Karaitiana said some people with respiratory disorders attributed worsening symptoms to the heavy scent of the privet flowers.
Both the tree privet and Chinese privet are found in urban areas of the district, particularly Gisborne and Ruatoria townships, and are listed in the council’s Regional Pest Management Strategy as limited control pests.
Because of the limited control status, Mr Karaitiana said the council could not enforce the removal of privet from private property, so it was at the discretion of the landowner.
It was passing the power back in to resident’s own hands to take control of getting rid of this persistent plant pest, he said.
“We also want to promote health awareness of privet and show the community how they can deal with it and treat the stumps.
“The community needs to get involved as well and the more people that can get involved the better,” said Mr Karaitiana.
The council can advise on suitable control methods and awareness of the impact of flowering privet on those with respiratory issues.
Privet is believed to contribute to respiratory health issues in people, mainly due to the heavy scent generated when flowering.
Sale, propagation and distribution of privet is prohibited by the council.
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