Plant pest

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.