Weeding Party @ old stock camp (18/11/2018)

Yellow box at the sheep camp south with weedy ground cover of seeding Buchan Weed, Hirschfeldia incana in 2005 (W.Pix)

Come along and help to remove pesky weeds particularly horehound at an old sheep camp with a view and magnificent Yellow box trees.

When: Sunday, 18 November from 9am to about 12noon; give as much time as you like.

Where: “Sheep camp south” Mt Majura ridge; click on this map to view the location of the sheep camp (red marker) and access routes (green lines). Meet FoMM member Jenni at 8.30am at the Mackenzie Street nature park entrance roughly opposite Grayson Street or walk in your own time.

Horehound, Marrubium vulgare and other herbaceous weeds at the stock camp in 2005 (W.Pix).

How to get there

(1) From the nature reserve entrance Kellaway Street car park turn left then walk uphill (southeast) on the fire trail named Hancock road; pass the transmission power line easement after about 500m and continue walking uphill close to the saddle; turn left and walk the trail uphill in northeast direction to access the stock camp. The walk will take about 30 minutes from the Kellaway Street nature park entrance.

(2) From the nature park entrance Mackenzie Street (roughly opposite Grayson Street) walk in east direction along the maintenance road (Blue Metal Road); at the saddle turn right, pass the upper Hackett water reservoir and walk uphill  in southwest direction to access the sheep camp.

Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, drinking water, and gloves if you have them.

Enjoy: Great views over Canberra and Majura Valley.

Inquiries: projects@majura.org; mob 0435 357 172 during the event

Horehound flowering (W.Pix)

Horehound is a common perennial weed often found at old stock camps that have nutrient-enriched soils.

Sheep camp south. The approximately 5 ha area is one of several stock camps located on the Mt Majura – Mt Ainslie ridgeline. In 2015, FoMM member Jochen began work hand weeding horehound, Saffron and other thistles, Buchan weed (previously called Mustard weed), Verbascum, St John’s Wort, Serrated tussock and more.

Sheep camp before handweeding started (W.Pix).


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