Working Party @ The Fair – November 2021

Cleavers, Galium aparine smothering Native Cherry, Exocarpos cupressiformis (W.Pix). Cleavers greatly benefitted from two wet winters in a row and the removal of competitive weeds such as Paterson’s Curse in 2020.

This month, we will work at the Fair project site in north Watson, starting at 9 am and working until noon. Come early for an introduction and give what time you can spare.

When: Sunday, 28 November 9 am – noon.

Where: Meet at the volunteer registration point at the reserve entry, Tay Street / Ian Nicol Street, The Fair, North Watson; click on this map to view the registration point and the worksites: Removing cleavers from under native cherry trees in the red outlined area, mulching of previously treated Chilean Needle Grass in the blue outlined area, and general weeding such as sowthisles in the orange outlined area.

Register on the FoMM sign-in sheets at the table near the nature park entrance close to the intersection of Tay and Ian Nicol Streets. You can also use the ParkCare QR code for the Check In CBR app.

Common Sowthistle, Sonchus oleraceus, another annual weed that thrives under wet conditions in disturbed areas (W.Pix).

We will be spreading mulch and hand weeding cleavers – fun activities for kids – and for those who are willing, controlling St John’s wort applying herbicide from hand-held spray bottles. We provide impermeable nitrile gloves.

Bring sun protection, drinking water and your own gardening gloves, if you have them. Wear long sleeves and pants and sturdy shoes. We will provide gloves, hand sanitiser and a delicious homemade cake for morning tea.

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