Rowan trees are garden escapees that compete for space with our native plants.

In ancient times, this woody tree was planted to ward off witches, but it’s more likely European settlers planted this species in homestead gardens and travellers rests to remind them of home.

Rowan’s bright red berries are easily spread by birds and the plant thrives in the project area. If left unchecked, rowan could become another wilding pine problem, spreading out of control in the tussock and shrublands.

Photos : Peter Willemse, Robyn Janes