New Zealand flax was taken from the island of Tristan da Cunha to nearby Inaccessible Island some time in the 1930s. It spread onto the steep cliffs, forming impenetrable thickets in places. In 2004–05 the plants were removed, to safeguard the natural environment of Inaccessible Island, a World Heritage site. South African Lourance Chiloane, equipped with a scrub-cutting bar, is removing a large flax plant. The flax project was funded by the United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories Environment programme.
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