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Volunteers help out at Big Heath

News release
24 June 2019

Local volunteers together with Natural Resources South East staff, recently spent the day out at Big Heath Conservation Park, working together to remove boneseed infestations across the area.

NRM Officer Michelle Sargent said the declared weed takes hold easily in native vegetation, roadsides, heritage areas and reserves.

“With a vigorous growth schedule, boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) can set within 18 months,” Michelle said.

“Each plant can produce up to 50,000 seeds per year. The fruits containing these seeds can be carried kilometres away by rabbits, foxes and birds, so it is important we, together with landholders, stay on top of control.”

Local volunteer Heather Heggie was in the enthusiastic group helping out at the working bee and enjoying Big Heath Conservation Park.

“I was very happy to join in on the boneseed eradication day,” Heather said.

“I know that invasive plants can become dominant over native species, ruining our beautiful natural landscapes.”

Michelle said with the enthusiasm of volunteers and staff at the event, the group was able to cover 50 hectares across the park.

“It was great to have volunteers, including some work experience students, come out on the day.”

“We managed to cover a good sized area, and see a few treasures like fungi and native orchids along the way. Knowing that people in the community recognise the importance of weed control in the local landscape, and are willing to lend a hand to tackle the issue, is really encouraging.”

To register your interest in future weed control volunteer events, call Natural Resources South East on 87351177 or message the @yournrse Facebook page. If you have boneseed on your property and need advice on how to control it, contact your local NRM Officer.

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