English Ivy

 

English Ivy (Hedera Helix) has been used to cover walls and fences for centuries. In Europe there are natural checks and balances for ivy, but here in New Zealand our native species have no defence. It is a climbing vine that grips tightly to surfaces, eventually forming hard woody trunks as thick as your leg. The weight of an adult ivy can drag down fully grown trees and convert dense forests into Ivy deserts. It’s seeds are spread far and wide by birds so any adult ivy plant is a danger to the surrounding ecosystem. You can help all of New Zealand forests by removing Ivy plants from your garden! Have a look at the above video or download our resources below to find out how.