Working Party @ The Fair (17/03/2019)

Mulching at The Fair in February 2019

Join in the working party at The Fair on Sunday 17 March and help tackle suckers of English Elm, removing tree guards that are outgrown by their inhabitants and spreading mulch around plantings.

When: Sunday 17 March 9am – 1pm; give as much time as you like however, we ask volunteers who intend to control woody weeds to come at 9am for an introduction (target weeds, the method of control, safe use of herbicide and equipment).

Where: Nature reserve east of The Fair, North Watson; access and volunteer registration at park entrance Tay / Ian Nicol Streets; view this map.

Bring: Garden gloves, sun protection, drinking water and wear sturdy shoes.


Mob contact during the event: 0435 357 172

Removal of English Elm. We will be using the cut & dab method to control English Elms and other woody weeds which involves the use of glyphosate. Please come at 9am for an introduction and wear long sleeves & pants if you want to help with the control of woody weeds. If you don’t want to use herbicide there are other tasks that don’t involve the use of it.

Removal of English Elm trees and other woody weeds in the reserve east of the Fair in March 2016 view towards the east with the big conifer in the background

Three years ago in March 2016 FoMM hosted a working party to remove a large amount of English Elm in the reserve east of the Fair at the bottom of the planting area close to Valour Park and in and along the gully that runs parallel to Valour Park; see some pictures of English Elm and the result of the working party here.

English Elms produce a lot of horizontal roots which can produce suckers particularly when the parent plant is cut down. Suckers are plants growing from root buds of the parent. FoMM carried out two follow-up control sessions to remove new suckers after the initial March 2016 working party. Each time we achieved a reduction of suckers and we hope this will be our last follow-up session.

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