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Erosion Control in your budget 2018

Posted on March 13, 2018

Farmers are being urged to budget for the buying and planting of erosion-control willow and poplar poles. “It’s important to plan ahead to make sure the money is in your farm budget not just to buy poles but get them to your farm, planted and p Continue reading

Second video series released

Posted on March 28, 2017

A second series of how-to videos looking at poplar pruning willow pollarding has been released by the New Zealand Poplar and Willow Research Trust. The videos are available on A Continue reading


Popular Polars: Tim Forde on Country Life, Radio New Zealand

Former forester Tim Forde believes the humble poplar is one of the most underrated trees in New Zealand.
Listen here.

Willow Identification Key

An old identification key to help identify willows in New Zealand has been resurrected and added to this website.

Let's stop erosion!

Retaining fertile soil on the land is in the interests of all New Zealand. Without tree protection hills fall apart in severe rain storms. Poplars and willows planted for erosion reduction stabilise our pastoral hill country, increase water storage, reduce sediment transfer, improve water quality, benefit stock and enhance the farm environment.

There are poplars and willows to suit each region and location.

Working in close association with regional authorities and industry partners, NZPWRT develops adaptable planting materials (poplar & willow), provides technical support and promotional information to assist landowners to reduce soil erosion, lower sediment transfer off farm, and improve water quality.