Weedbusters free reserve plants

Volunteer, Tamahere weedbusters today donated their time to freeing new plantings from rampant weeds in the Tamahere Reserve.

The volunteer group, co-ordinated by Jude Tisdall, are an offshoot of the Waikato Ecological Restoration Trust, which runs the Tamahere Community Nursery.

Their three-hour weedbusting efforts released about 500 new plants from the strangling growth of pest invaders that threatened to overwhelm them.

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Plant nursery in new digs

The Tamahere Community Plant Nursery volunteers have overcome daunting challenges to re-establish the nursery in a new home.

After eight months wandering in the wilderness, its thousands of plants housed at six private sites around the district, the nursery is once again operational in its own premises.

The nursery was evicted from its old home beside the Tamahere Community Centre last April after it failed to fit in with plans for the new sport and recreation grounds.

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