No it’s not a social gathering for the hydro crew, rather Territory And Municipal Services are providing an opportunity for Canberrans to swap their woody weeds (small invasive trees to the average punter) for native species.
“On Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April 2012 between 8:30 am and 4.45 pm, the biannual WeedSwap will be held at green waste recycling centres, Canberra Sand and Gravel in Belconnen and Corkhill Bros near the Mugga Lane landfill,” said Philip Selmes, ParkCare Landcare Coordinator for the ACT Parks & Conservation Service in TAMS.
“Although we’re targeting the berry producing woody weeds, we’re also happy to accept any of the environmental weeds, including the native Cootamundra Wattle, Ivy, Honeysuckle, Periwinkle and Broom. Make sure you either remove the entire plant, roots and all, or cut it as low as you can then paint the stump immediately with 1:1 glyphosate (a broad spectrum herbicide).
“If you bring in a woody weed, you will receive a native plant in exchange. We have a range of suitable plants including taller shrubs such as Acacia’s, medium shrubs Correa Dusky Bell, Rock Correa and Wee Jasper Grevillea, groundcovers including Creeping Boobialla and the tussocky type plants such as Lomandra and River Tussock.