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Boneseed target of community work day

Boneseed target of community work day

Boneseed beware. Members of the South Brighton community and others interested in looking after our coastal environment will be out in force on Saturday 26 November helping Christchurch City Council park rangers remove boneseed seedlings.

Coastal park ranger Jason Roberts said rangers need all the help they can get in keeping this pest plant under control. It grows easily along the coast and can reproduce prolifically. As a result, it can displace native plants and shade out native seedlings. It is also a fire risk as it burns readily.

Boneseed is an evergreen shrub reaching up to three metres high, with bright yellow daisy-like flowers and long dull-green toothed leaves. Its name is derived from its hard bone-coloured seeds.

Volunteers should meet, with their gardening gloves and spades, at the Estuary Walkway on Bridge St at 11am. A free barbecue and chance to chat to the rangers will follow.

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