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APR 21 2021
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Project Gorsebusters!

On the West Coast of the South Island lies the small settlement of Okarito next to the beautiful Okarito lagoon. But unfortunately, a predator has been getting too comfortable around the lagoon – that predator is Gorse, and lots of it.

The local community banded together to get to work on the problem and reached out for volunteers that may be interested in helping. Hoping for 30 – 40 people to attend, they were pleasantly surprised when nearly 90 people arrived to front up to the challenge from all over New Zealand and all walks of life. Over the six days from March 22nd to 27th March, the community and volunteers got busy cutting back gorse and weeds all around the lagoon, thankfully the weather played nice throughout the project.

To ensure the gorse stayed dead, Agpro Picloram Gel was applied to the cut trunks and branches of these pesky plants. 110kg of Picloram Gel was used equating to around 25,000 gorse plants being dealt to. What an effort! Still more to go, so perhaps a sequel to this is coming next year, for now, the workers take a well deserved rest and kayak around the lagoon.


On the West Coast of the South Island lies the small settlement of Okarito next to the beautiful Okarito lagoon. But unfortunately, a predator has been getting too comfortable around the lagoon – that predator is Gorse, and lots of it.

The local community banded together to get to work on the problem and reached out for volunteers that may be interested in helping. Hoping for 30 – 40 people to attend, they were pleasantly surprised when nearly 90 people arrived to front up to the challenge from all over New Zealand and all walks of life. Over the six days from March 22nd to 27th March, the community and volunteers got busy cutting back gorse and weeds all around the lagoon, thankfully the weather played nice throughout the project.

To ensure the gorse stayed dead, Agpro Picloram Gel was applied to the cut trunks and branches of these pesky plants. 110kg of Picloram Gel was used equating to around 25,000 gorse plants being dealt to. What an effort! Still more to go, so perhaps a sequel to this is coming next year, for now, the workers take a well deserved rest and kayak around the lagoon.


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