The Mairangi Bay Scout Group continued its conservation mahi in November, supported by local charity Restore Hibiscus and Bays (www.restorehb.org.nz)

Having planted 650 native trees in an area behind the beach volleyball courts in Mairangi Bay Park earlier in the year, the Scouts are now doing the all- important work of weeding these new trees. Without the weeding, the native trees could become overwhelmed with weeds before they get a chance to grow to a decent height. The Scouts tackled a range of ecological weeds including agapanthus, watsonia, Japanese honeysuckle, and arum lilies.

They filled an entire wheelie bin with roots and bulbs, which must go to landfill because if they are left on-site, they will simply resprout and grow again. Other weeds were ‘cut and pasted’, meaning they were cut near the base of the plant and a thin film of herbicide gel was pasted on the stump to prevent regrowth. The planting site looks fabulous now it is cleared of weeds.