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Biosecurity Trail empowers visitors to protect New Zealand flora


14 November 2020

The Biosecurity Trail at Auckland Botanic Gardens opened in April 2019, giving visitors a unique opportunity to learn about biosecurity risks to the plants of Aotearoa. The two-kilometre trail raises awareness and helps reduce the impact of biosecurity risks to native and productive plant species through community engagement.

A brochure and map guides people around 12 checkpoints where information about pests and pathogens is presented along with a QR code to scan for more information and tips to prevent spread. Biosecurity threats to tree species of particular value to Māori are highlighted.  The Trail is grounded in the Ko Tātou This Is Us principle recognising the role every New Zealander (and New Zealand visitor) has in preventing pests, pathogens and weeds from getting into the country and stopping their spread if they do.