When: Sunday, 30 November 2014, 8.00am to 11.00am; come for half an hour or more – you will make a difference.
Where: The Fair planting site, intersection Tay and Ian Nicol Streets, North Watson (map).
What: Control of Saffron thistles by pulling and chipping.
Bring: Sun protection, water, leather gloves if you have them; we will bring some pairs of gloves and tools.
Enquiries: email@example.com or 62477515
Please watch this space for announcements for further Saffron Blitz activities.
Saffron thistle, Carthamus lanatus, native to the Mediterranean region and western Asia is arguably the most widespread thistle in Australia and a declared pest plant in all States and the ACT.
It is very hardy, rigid and prickly and competes with other plants for moisture, light and nutrients. Seeds buried in the soil can survive for over 10 years but rarely germinate at depths below 5 cm; most seeds germinate within 3 years of release. A key part of Saffron thistle control is to exhaust the soil seed bank using a combination of chemical and mechanical practices.
Friends of Mt Majura successfully controlled Saffron thistle at the old sheep camp on Majura ridge. For three consecutive years we pulled and chipped the troublesome weed and numbers are significantly down to just a few isolated plants germinating each year. We hope to achieve similar results at grassy woodland behind The Fair.
The Saffron thistles have not yet flowered and placing in bags is not required at this stage.
The Friends of Mount Majura will be hosting a working bee on Sunday, 21 December to remove Japanese Honeysuckle in the upper part of the drainage line close to the Hackett reservoir and horehound around the plantings in the nearby Majura Paddock. Give half an hour or more: you will make a difference.
When: Sunday 21 December, 8am to 12noon
Where: Meet at ParkCare notice board opposite of the water reservoir off Rivett Street and French Street intersection (view this map).
Bring: Sun protection, body covering garden clothing and sturdy shoes.
Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or ph. 6247 7515
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Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica originates from Japan and Korea and is a declared pest plant in the ACT. The vigorous vine can completely smother native vegetation in wetter sites such as drainage lines and gullies. It is one of the most difficult to remove woody weeds since each individual vine has to be pulled out or cut and painted with Glyphosate. Unfortunately it is still cultivated in gardens where it can be seen scrambling over fences. Seeds are dispersed by birds or by dumping stems with garden debris.
In 2004 Friends of Mt Majura started removing an assemblage of woody weeds from the drainage line and followed up with the planting of local shrubs and direct seeding of native rushes, sedges and grasses. The below photographs show sections of the drainage line in 2004 before work started (top) and in 2013 after weed removal and planting (bottom).
Help tackle woody weeds on Mt Majura’s northwest slope. What and Why? click here for further information.
When: Sunday, 15 March, 9.00 am – 12 noon; come for an hour or more.
Please come at 9am for an introduction of the target weeds, the safe use of tools and herbicides and a demo of frilling.
Volunteers arriving late: please check below map for the working area and access, pick up tools and sign the activity sheet.
Where: meet at the volunteer registration close to the nature park entry Tay / Ian Nicol Sts at The Fair, North Watson; view this map.
Access to work area: walk along the Valour Park fence (on the nature reserve side) or from the volunteer registration point walk northeast, pass the little dam then north to the work area.
What: Cut-&-daub and frill Sweet Briar Roses, hawthorns and Cootamundra wattles.
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, body-covering clothing; we provide tools and morning tea.
Give the seedlings planted on Mount Majura a head start for spring. 250 native shrubs, trees and wildflowers added to the The Fair plantings this winter will provide crucial habitat for little woodland birds. Until fully established, the young plants require protection from extraordinary grazing pressure and weed competition. Join in to help layer debris of woody weeds that we cut in the area and to hand-weed pesky Paterson’s Curse around the young plants:
When: Sunday, 16 August 2015 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Please come early for introduction and give as much time as you want.
Where: east of The Fair, North Watson; volunteer registration nature park access Ian Nicol St and Tay St intersection (view this map).
Bring and Wear: Sun protection, appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes; we provide tools, gloves and afternoon tea.
Inquiries: email@example.com or ph. 6247 7515
The above photographs of Spiny Bitter-pea planted two years ago at The Fair show (left) a specimen damaged by grazing, and (right) a specimen protected with debris of Hawthorn and Briar Rose that were removed from The Fair project area (W. Pix 31.07.2015). Spiny Bitter-pea, Daviesia genistifolia is a low growing shrub species of Mt Majura’s woodlands which Friends of Mt Majura use at various re-vegetation projects; view this striking photograph of a flowering specimen.
A male Scarlet Robin with its brilliant scarlet breast is one of the many little woodland birds that visit the grassy woodland adjacent to The Fair (W.Pix 31.07.2015). Mt Majura’s northwest slope is the last refuge for small woodland birds on the west side of Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie. Thickets and clumps of shrubs along drainage lines provide crucial habitat for visiting and residential woodland birds.
The Friends of Mount Majura will be hosting a welcome spring working party on Sunday, 20 September to remove Japanese Honeysuckle from a gully behind Mackenzie Street, Hackett. Make a difference: give an hour or more of your time and help remove this invasive plant.
Meet at the nature park access close to Mackenzie Street intersection with Russell Street and Hull Place (south of 85 Mackenzie St); view this map with meeting point and work site.
Bring and wear: Sun protection, body covering garden clothing and sturdy shoes.
Honeysuckle going bush
Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica is a declared Pest Plant in the ACT and regarded as an environmental weed in all Australian states and territories except in the Northern Territory. It also appears in the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD).
The perennial vine climbs by twisting stems around vertical
Join FoMM’s weeds working party and help remove Privet and other woody weeds growing in and around the drain close to the Hackett reservoir and horehound in the nearby Majura Paddock.
Come early for an introduction and give as much time as you want.
Bring and wear sun protection, body covering garden clothing and sturdy shoes.
You need no experience to attend this event; instructions and tools will be provided on site.
For a map showing the meeting point click here.
When: Sunday, 21 February 9am – 12noon
Where: Nature park east of The Fair, North Watson; access nature park entrance Tay / Ian Nicol Sts; click on this map to view the work area.
What: Control of woody weeds using the cut & dab method and hand removing herbaceous weeds using mattocks and trowels.
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, body-covering clothing; tools will be provided.
Come early for an introduction; give as much of your time as you want.
We will continue work to remove woody weeds from the gully south of Valour park. This work involves cutting stems of woody plants and dabbing the cut surface with the herbicide glyphosate; volunteers who don’t want to use herbicide may choose hand removing herbaceous weeds such as Viper’s Bugloss, horehound or thistles.
Inquiries: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, ph. 6247 7515
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Spring into action at the spring working party hosted by the Friends of Mt Majura on Sunday, 16 October at the Majura paddock. Help remove protective guards that are outgrown by their plant inhabitants or go on weed patrol and tackle Horehound and Paterson’s Curse.
Please bring sun protection and garden gloves if you have them. Tools and tea will be provided.
Please give as much time as you can spare.
Bring: Sun Protection , water bottle, and garden gloves if you have them. Tools and tea will be provided.