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The Blind River community, spraying, earthmoving and mowing contractors and the Marlborough District Council are working hard to stop the spread of Chilean needlegrass (Nassella neesiana). This invasive weed has the potential to spread right through Marlborough and the east coast of the South Island.
We need your help.
If you are working on farms or vineyards in the Blind River area, learn what it looks like.
Talk to the landowner or the manager about it before entering an infested property.
The seed is easily spread on farm machinery, vehicles, stock, hay, clothing or footwear. Avoid walking or driving through an area if the aerial seed is present. Stick to gravelled roads or mowed areas.
If you require any further information about Chilean needlegrass or if you think you have found a new site, please contact Council’s Biosecurity Section on Ph: 03 520 7400.