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My husband and I have recently purchased a lifestyle block (25acres) just outside of Wanaka. On the land are large clumps of rosehip plants, several are old and quite huge, the majority of them are tiny and all spread out on the land. Do you know of any organic eradication methods for rosehips? We have read that goats eat gorse and blackberries (the rosehip growth habit resembles the blackberry) do you have any hints... Thanks for any help
Before removing the Briar in the Wanaka region check out the harvest potential of the HIP as I believe there is a business in the region that is quite lucrative and there is a shortage of supply. For the small briars on reasonable land use ripping cutting and then rogueing. Harvesting of the HIPS on the large clumps could be lucrative and will prevent further seeding. It might be that the whole area might do well within an organic HIP harvest scenario which would benefit from some management and planning of production. Eventual approach will depend on the soil scenario and the objectives of
the owner on that land area. More information is therefore required for specific advise but on 10 hectares there is not a great problem.