The Ashburton Branch has around 100 members. We hold a meeting once every second month and a branch outing every other month. The area encompasses both highlands and lowlands giving the branch some very special areas to work in.
The branch is involved in protecting the braided rivers in the area, which are under threat from introduced plants, weeds and pests.
As well as supporting national campaigns, such as Save the Denniston plateau, the branch is involved in a number of local projects, and has been instrumental in getting the district council to set up the Biodiversity Working Group.
This is a team of people from across the Ashburton District with an interest in our natural environment, working together to implement the vision of the Biodiversity Action Plan 2011-16.
The branch is involved in a number of activities ranging from helping DOC manage wilding pines within the Hakatere Conservation Park to planting in the Harris Scientific Reserve.
Recently, the branch also commissioned a Dry Lands ecological survey to determine the best way to manage significant remnants of native roadside vegetation. The survey is still underway.
If you are interested in getting involved, contact us and we will send you a program of our activities.
Alternatively you can come to one of our public planting days or get involved in one of our many weeding days.