There are 2 species of privet, Tree privet and Chinese privet that are listed in the Regional Pest Management Plan.
Both give off a heavy scent when flowering. This is often suspected as being a contributing cause of ill health for those with respiratory disorders.
Privet is regarded as a Site Led plant pest in the Regional Pest Management Plan. This means:
- Council cannot enforce the removal of privet from private property.
- Privet control is at the discretion of the landowner on whose property the privet is growing.
- Council can advise suitable control methods and awareness of the impact of flowering privet on those with respiratory issues.
- The sale, propagation and distribution of privet is prohibited.
How to control privet
- Dig out the small plants.
- Remove entire root system or it will regrow.
- Cut down larger trees and treat stumps with suitable herbicide to prevent regrowth.
- Trim back privet used as an ornamental or hedgerow so it doesn't flower.