English ivy (Hedera helix) was introduced into the Park by early settlers and is a ‘fingerprint of the past’. It generally occurs in areas where people once lived and worked, such as Totaranui, Awaroa River, Meadowbank and Bark Bay.
English ivy is a climber that kills plants from ground level to canopy in lowland forest and can even bring down whole trees. It can also be a ground cover plant that smothers the ground in shady forest areas, preventing native seedlings from establishing.
Project Janszoon and the Birdsong Trust have been treating the infestations in various locations in the Park, but they are very persistent. If you see surviving plants, please let us know.
English ivy can easily re-establish by being dumped in the Park as garden waste. Please don’t dump your garden waste in or around the edge of the Park.