Swap Your Weeds for FREE Australian Native Plants

Broad-leaved Privet, Ligustrum lucida is a common woody weed found in moister sites of Mt Majura close to gardens.

Coming up Weed Swap:

Weekend 2 & 3 April 2016, from 8.30am to 4.45pm

Weed Swap is a joint initiative of the Australian Native Plants Society and the Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) to encourage ACT residents to remove woody weeds from their gardens, safely dispose them and select free Australian native plants as an alternative to grow in the gardens.

When: Spring and autumn each year

Of 136 young woody weeds found within 4 square meters in the reserve behind Rivett Street, over 70% were Broad-leaved Privet (W.Pix 01.02. 2013).

What to do: Remove the woody weeds from your garden and bring the remains to the green waste recycling centre at either Canberra Sand and Gravel in Belconnen or Corkhill Brothers near Mugga Lane tip.

Visit the swap stall at these locations and receive an Australian replacement plant of your choice. The plants are clearly labelled and volunteers will offer planting and care advice.

For further information click on this Weed Swap Pamphlet (pdf 2.5 MB) or visit the Australian Native Plants Society Weed Swap Website

Target species for removal: Cotoneaster, Firethorn, Privets, Cootamundra wattles and Brooms.

Free replacement plants: there are a range of native ground-covers, clumping plants, small medium and large shrubs and a few trees available such as Wattles, Bottlebrushes, Correas, Grevilleas and Boobialla.

Enquiries: Phone Canberra Connect on 132281 or the Weed Swap co-ordinator or contact Rosemary Blemings (6258 4724), Weed Swap Co-ordinator  weedswap@nativeplants-canberra.asn.au

Firethorns, Pyracantha sp. at the foot slope of Mt Majura W. \Pix 18.02.2010).  Firethorns are spread by birds which eat the fruits and excrete the seeds in the native bushland.

View some of the common woody weeds that occur within the Mount Majura Nature Reserve at the FoMM Woody Weeds Flickr Group: click here

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