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Gorse hedge at the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Gorse hedge at the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Driven by nostalgia for the landscapes of their native countries, 19th-century settlers brought many plants to New Zealand – including gorse, which is prized for landscaping in Scotland as this recent photograph shows. Gorse rapidly became established in gravel roadsides and cuttings and is regarded as an invasive weed in New Zealand.

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John Wilson, 'Scots - 1853–1870: a surge of Scots', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/3804/gorse-hedge-at-the-museum-of-scotland-edinburgh (accessed 22 January 2022)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015