Our 2019 Maple Massacre at Budgeree Bush Reserve will be cleaning up any Sycamore Maples that we find in our annual working bee on this site.
Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplantanus) is a weed of wet shady forests.
Twelve years ago, when our group started work, this little bush reserve was full of it! We had a few big years getting rid of the bigger seeding trees and we go back every year to try and stop any more from growing.
Mostly you'll be looking for little two leaf seedlings that are easy to pull out by hand.
Get ready with your, water bottle, snacks, long pants, boots and hat and enjoy all the little hidden treasures you'lll see along with the weeds. If you can bring hand tools such as loppers, secateurs and trowels that will be helpful. So will tough bags to hold any weeds with seeds. We can supply gloves and safety vests and all our volunteers are insured through Landcare.
For those who don't want to venture down the steep and slippery slopes, there is also ox-eye daisy infesting the grassland at the top of the reserve. If we have enough volunteers, we'll pull this out as well.
The event is on a road, so people bringing children need to be mindful of this.
We will finish at 12.30 p.m. and then have lunch and a brief group meeting at a venue to be advised.
NOTE: There are no toilets at the Budgeee Bush Reserve. The closest is at Martin Walker reserve near the corner of Explorers Road and Gilberts Road.)