|Welcome to the October 2015 edition of the FoMM newsletter. Members of the Hackett Community Association joined forces with FoMM for the September Working Party to successfully remove large Honeysuckle growth in the creek behind Mackenzie Street. Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica is a declared Pest Plant in the ACT. This perennial vine has been frequently cultivated in Canberra’s gardens to cover up unsightly structures and fences. It escaped gardens and became a serious weed of gullies and drainage lines where it smothers and out-competes native vegetation. The party was guided and encouraged by new FoMM convenor Max Pouwer and recently retired convenor Walraud Pix. The end result was the removal of a pile of Honeysuckle growth measuring approximately 1.5m x 5m x 1.5m high. Removing Honeysuckle is very time consuming and residents can help by replacing any Honeysuckle in their gardens with non-invasive plants and making sure that any prunings of this plant are disposed of through recycling or waste disposal facilities.
Working together to remove Honeysuckle – from left, FoMM coordinator Max, and volunteers Kate and John “Bluey”. (G. Haughey)
Bug Walk – Sunday 11 October, 10am – 12 noon
Rare Plant Survey – Sunday 18 October, 2-4pm
Wildflower Walk – Sunday 25 October, 2-4pm
Sunday Nature Walk – Sunday 1 November, 9 – 11am