During the 1980s, before we knew better and when this species was popular, the local Scouts planted Schefflera trees. It has since been realised that they are highly invasive in Hillcrest and are now listed as Category 1 Alien & Invader Plants, even seeding up high in other trees, rendering their eradication very difficult and costly. They are sprouting all over Hillcrest and especially at the Hillcrest Railway station. Hillcrest Conservancy was recently successful in having some of the railway trees cut but many more remain. The Branch Manager kindly felled those in Shortlands Ave as a donation to the Scouts, and Hillcrest Conservancy sponsored the cartage from our limited funds. We give our grateful thanks to The Branch Manager for this valuable assistance in the long and expensive challenge of invasive alien vegetation management! Hillcrest Conservancy (and our children and children’s children) welcome any and all assistance, either physical or financial, towards the eradication of invasive plants in the area. Please look out for the regular courses for gardeners on the identification and eradication of A&IPs held in Springside Nature Reserve.
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