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History of Keep Herald Island Beautiful

In the early 1990's, concern about Wattle proliferation squeezing out Pohutukawa on 'The Causeway', the entrance to Herald Island, led to a desire to eliminate invasive weeds from the island and replace them with local native plants.

After Jan Diprose became a committee member of Keep Waitakere Beautiful in July 1995, Keep Herald Island Beautiful (KHIB) was formed as a subcommittee of the Herald Island Residents and Ratepayers, to promote general Herald Island beautification including the control of invasive weeds and the planting of local native plants on the island.

Shortly after this, about 40 species of invasive weeds were identified and Ewen Cameron, Regional Botanist assisted with the identification of about 55 species of local native plants. This work of identification is ongoing.

Since then, KHIB have annually participated in the Keep Waitakere Beautiful Trusts (KWBT) Operation Spring Clean. At each Spring Clean we target a different park or roadside on the island, and with volunteers from the community have removed hundreds of thousands of invasive weeds. The main weeds we have to deal with are Sydney Golden Wattle, Kahili Ginger, Pampas Grass, Agapanthus, Cotoneaster and Polygala. We also annually monitor a Herald Island War on Weeds Bin sponsored by KWBT.

Since 1995, KHIB have also worked with the local council to facilitate the planting of local native plants in a number of local parks and on a number of road cuttings. This is an ongoing work.

In 2016, the name of Keep Herald Island Beautiful was changed to 'Herald Island Environmental Group'.