Woody Weed Working Party (19/05/2024)

Woody weed removal is fun …

Join in the co-operative working party of the Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM) and the Mount Ainslie Weeders in the endangered grassy woodlands of Mts Ainslie’s and Majura’s west slopes.

When: Sunday, 19 May 2024, from 9.00am to 12.00noon.

Where: Meet at the nature park entrance off Kellaway Street Car Park at the southern end of Hackett; view this map for the meeting point and work area which we call “The Common”.

Bring and wear: Sun protection, appropriate shoes and body-covering clothing.

What: This will be a search and destroy action to remove evergreen woody weeds such as Cotoneasters and Cootamundra wattles.

What else to expect: tools, morning tea and delicious cake will be provided

Enquiries: secretary@majura.org

Novice weeders are encouraged to be early for an introduction of the target weeds and the safe handling of equipment and herbicide. You will be working in pairs or small groups.

… especially when working in good company; taking a rest after tackling woody weeds at “The Common” in 2011 (from left) Jeanette, Liese, Noel, Annette and Jenni.

Garden plants going bush. Some commonly grown plants in Canberra gardens are invading our bush-land where they cause environmental damage. The “garden escapes” may be native plants that have been planted and spread outside their natural range, or plants, which have been introduced from overseas.

Your garden may be a source of garden escapes without you realising it. Birds spread seeds in their droppings after eating the berries of privet, firethorns or cotoneasters. In addition to seed dispersal some garden escapes grow from stems after being dumped as garden waste such as English Ivy, Periwinkle or Japanese Honeysuckle.

Garden escapes cause environmental problems. They smother native plants, prevent natural regeneration and change the natural balance of resources for native animals.

FoMM conducts regular working parties to control garden escapes that have invaded Mount Majura nature reserve. You can help by joining our working bees, by removing potential garden escapes from your garden and by avoiding planting them. Information on garden plants that became environmental weeds is available at our working bees.

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