Nelson’s beautiful environmental threat is back

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The pretty pink invader otherwise known as the Taiwan Cherry tree, poses a real threat to the environment.

Council is offering free removal of Taiwan Cherry, an invasive garden pest tree that blooms at this time of year.

Over the last year, Council contractors have controlled approximately 11,000 Taiwan Cherry trees from gardens and reserves around Nelson.

The focus this year is on removing residual trees which are recognisable by their bright pink blossoms in late July and early August, particularly in the Dodson Valley area where this plant is becoming extremely invasive.

Its seed is spread by birds, and it can dominate the landscape, crowding out native trees that would otherwise supply food for birds all year round.

Council urges anyone who suspects they have Taiwan Cherry on their property, and hasn’t been contacted, to get in touch to arrange for the tree/s to be assessed.