Free weapons for war on weeds

A community pest plant disposal bin is to be placed by Whangaparāoa Library.

Weapons in the fight against weeds are being made available for free community use at a new Pest Free Backyard Tool Library, which opens this weekend. The library, operated jointly by Restore Hibiscus & Bays and Pest Free Hibiscus Coast, has its first open day on Saturday, May 8, 1pm-4pm. It is located in a shipping container behind Whangaparāoa Community Hall. The library lends items such as handsaws and herbicide gels to assist with the removal of pest plants. In addition, pet-safe rat traps are being made available at the tool library as part of the Pest Free Hibiscus Coast project. Restore Hibiscus & Bays manager Rachael Randal says initially the tool library will be open “ad hoc” depending on demand, but anyone can make appointments with Restore Hibiscus & Bays to pick up tools and herbicides.

Bin your pest plants: A bin where the community can place a range of pest plants is also due to be installed this weekend outside Whangaparāoa library. Only certain parts of particular pest plants can be disposed of in the bin – a list of these will be on the bin. They include parts of moth plant, agapanthus and arum lily. Each time the bin is full, the plant material will be removed for disposal in landfill. Details of the plants that can go into the bin are also available at the open day, or from www.restorehb.org.nz Info: info@restorehb.org.nz and www.forestandbird.org.nz/projects/pest-free-hibiscus-coast


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