We’ve hosted a couple of hale and hearty young chaps who spent a day removing weeds in the Bealey River in Arthur’s Pass National Park. We sent Dan and Kyle out for the day with local Weedbuster coordinator, Graeme.
The weather was a bit breezy but good conditions for spending a day on the river and Kyle and Dan slapped on the sunscreen. Graeme collected the lads and they were off with packed lunches of bratwurst sausage, cheese, onion and lettuce, plum sauce sandwich with our own homemade bread and banana cake. A lunch fit for the job of willful pest destruction.
Broom and gorse is prevalent in the valley and needs to be cut down at the base and the stumps treated to prevent further growth. There are several locals involved in the programme but we are a small village and having outside help is greatly appreciated.
Graeme reported they had dealt to 209 thousand square metres (21 hectares) of broom and gorse. He also said it was the best packed lunch he’d ever had and Kyle and Dan came home like a couple of very excited children that had been out for the day with a favourite uncle.
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Get in touch if you’re keen to come and help out with Weedbusting in Arthur’s Pass.