[21 November/Stuff]

Farmers, local communities and agencies of the Central Otago region have teamed up to tackle the expansion of the prolific weed wilding conifers. The national programme is led by the Ministry for Primary Industries and has support from a variety of agencies including Land Information New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, the New Zealand Defence Force, as well as local organisations. Alexandra Farmer Andrew Preston is part of the Central Otago group. His tireless efforts over the past ten years have seen a reduction in wildings on his property to only a handful. He explained that the wildings threaten productive farmland, drain water resources, take over natural ecosystems, increase fire risk, and interfere and ruin the iconic landscape.