Gorse Conversion Project
Gorse is a nitrogen fixing plant. It can absorb nitrogen from the atmosphere to help it grow. Any excess nitrogen is leached in to the soil, enters the groundwater and in to our water ways. Too much nitrogen in our lakes can cause algal blooms to grow.
There is a significant amount of gorse in the Lake Rotorua catchment so Bay of Plenty Regional Council has a fund to remove 30 tonnes of nitrogen per year and help achieve the 270 tonne nitrogen reduction needed from rural land
|Nitrogen leaching from gorse||G.N. Magesan Hailong Wang SCION||The overall objective of this research was to assess the contribution of nitrate leaching to ground water from stands of gorse growing in the Rotorua lakes catchment.|
About the Gorse Conversion Fund
The Gorse Conversion Project will fund the conversion of mature gorse to production forestry, native bush or other low nitrogen leaching activities.
The funding covers the initial gorse control, site preparation, fencing, planting, and weed and pest control. It also covers independent legal and forestry advice so you can be assured you are making the right decision for your property.
Contact the Regional Council on 0800 884 880 or email to find out more