A Fine Gorse Bush

We walked Commissioners Track yesterday, at East Roxburgh near the hydro dam. Lovely gorse flowers, shame it’s a very bad pest plant here in NZ! I have to admit though, the bright yellow flowers sure brighten up a winters day. And I took a pic of Nigel on a lower part of the track as we returned. Central Otago, New Zealand.

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“Gorse is considered by many to be New Zealand’s worst scrub weed. It was originally introduced to New Zealand as a hedge species, but now occupies large areas of hill-country, reducing the area available for grazing by livestock on pasture land. It is also causes severe competition with young forest trees, and makes access to forests difficult for pruning and thinning operations. Over summer, foliage of gorse can become quite dry, making gorse stands susceptible to fire. This creates risks of damage to forests and also houses in areas such as Wellington situated close to stands of gorse.”
~from a page on Gorse via Massey University, New Zealand


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2022)

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  1. Gorse bushes were amongst the most frequent plants around us when I was a kid in the north of Scotland. There was a big area of them in the field beside our house and my little brother and I soon realised that you could squeeze through gaps in them to get into a clear area in the centre. We thought that the sheep had caused them to grow this way and had found a fine shelter from the wind. It was only a year or so ago that I saw the area labelled as ‘the bield’ on an old map and discovered that it was a shelter deliberately created by the sheep-farmer long ago.

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    1. ‘the bield’ .. this is fascinating! Have never heard of the term before. I guess you had gorse boundary hedges in Scotland and that’s why it arrived here in NZ (and we still have gorse roadside farm hedges here-and-there in Southland!

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      1. Gorse boundary hedges sound likely, but where we were, boundaries were made from huge flat pieces of slate placed into the ground on end. Like Wales, Caithness had a big slate industry and exported slate around the world. There were lots of drystone walls too – no shortage of stone!

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