Our Living Landscape: Native Plant Regeneration
Four highly qualified and experienced speakers present this series of stimulating talks culminating in the M J Barnett Memorial Lecture on Thursday 16 August.
The Winter Speaker Series 2018 venue is the Harcourts Grenadier Auction Rooms, 98 Moorhouse Avenue.
There is plenty of parking available. The talks starts promptly at 7pm.
$5 per talk for CHS members and students, $10 per talk for non-members.
Please make your purchase by selecting from the options to the right. Please keep your email receipt for use as admission ticket. Cash door sales are also available on the night.
Thursday 14 June 7pm
Wilding conifers – Landscape scale weeding
Keith Briden was born at Christchurch in the late 1950s. In 1977 he joined the New Zealand Forest Service and spent a year at Ashley Hamner and Balmoral Forests. In 1981 he gained a Bachelor of Forestry. Following graduation he worked as a district forester until the demise of the Forest Service in 1987 when he relocated to far north Queensland.
Returning to New Zealand in 1990 Keith joined the Department of Conservation as a scuba diver and launch master based in Picton and helped complete DOC’s first sub tidal survey of the Marlborough Sounds. Keith then spent a year in DOC’s Wellington Head Office in the animal pest section. A year later he escaped head office and worked in DOC’s Napier office as a recreation planner and advisor for pest animal and weed control work. While in Napier Keith wrote the first Wilding Conifer Control Strategy for the Kaweka Range. After five years in sunny Napier another government department restructure saw Keith return to Christchurch to take up a national role in DOC’s Regional Office working as NZ’s key technical advisor for ecological weeds.
With a strong background in ecological weed work and wilding conifer control, Keith could see a looming issue facing New Zealand and has worked tirelessly to support the development of a national wilding conifer strategy and obtain funding. Wilding conifer spread is now recognised as a serious threat to New Zealand landscapes, native plants and animals, farming and water quantity and quality. In the 2016 budget round the government provided an extra $16m for wilding conifer control over four years. This funding is the start of what is going to be a much larger program.
Keith now lives near Taylor’s Mistake and is married to Erin. They have 3 adult sons. Erin is a keen home gardener and Keith gets to garden at the ‘landscape level’ clearing weeds from the entire Taylors Mistake catchment. Keith has won two Weedbuster awards for removal of boneseed and broom at Taylors Mistake, and for native plant restoration.
Thursday 12 July 7pm
Trees for Canterbury, More than just a nursery for plants!
Steve will talk about what Trees for Canterbury have done and where they are at today, including what they do other than just growing native plants.
Steve is the manager of Trees for Canterbury and has been there for 26 years. He is married (twice to the same woman) and has a beautiful daughter who will soon turn 18. He is passionate about Trees for Canterbury, his family and building a better, safer and more inclusive community. His hobbies include Mountain Biking, supporting local rugby and he loves a real Batch brewed craft beer. www.treesforcanterbury.org.nz
Thursday 16 August 7pm
MJ Barnett Memorial Lecture
The M J Barnett Memorial Lecture is conducted by the Canterbury Horticultural Society in honour of the memory of the late Mr M J Barnett, Director of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for over 30 years.