New Landcare Group Starting Strong

11th April 2023 |

Brent St Reserve Landcare Group are making a great start to 2023 with some successful monthly working bees.

Author: Warwick Lawson, volunteer

Image: A large haul of weeds. © Tim Wescott

Clear, sunny autumnal weather was the perfect setting for the monthly Landcare weed project at Brent Street Reserve, Glenorchy, last Saturday, April 1.

Volunteers worked in two groups, one removing Boneseed from the upper areas of the reserve whilst the others pulled poisoned blackberry, other weeds & rubbish from a concrete embankment.

Image: The group have removed significant amounts of rubbish from the reserve © Tim Wescott

Team leader Tim Westcott^ said that about half a dozen truckloads of weed & rubbish have been removed since the monthly sessions began in January.

Boneseed is a serious environmental weed, growing up to two metres in height and width. It is a declared weed under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act. The importation, sale and distribution of Boneseed are prohibited in Tasmania.^^

The embankment is earmarked for a future revegetation process.

Image: In need of some TLC © Tim Wescott

At the April work gathering, the freshly extracted green weed was placed streetside, along with the dry branches & sticks from the embankment.

This was taken away in a follow-up collection from the Glenorchy City Council green waste crew.

Adults as well as younger people were lending a helpful hand, the adjoining playground in the reserve adding to their fun in the sun.

Monthly attendance numbers for the two-hourly working bees have been steady with a dozen people engaged in the March session, Tim said.

“Even turning up and chatting is a morale booster," Mr Westcott said.

The next session at the reserve is on Saturday, May 6, starting at 2pm.


^ Special Thanks to Tim Westcott for Information & Photos.

^^ Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania.