A chance to help to weed the forest, remove an exotic woody weed and let the native vegetation thrive!
We postponed the event in spring due to bad weather, autumn should give us a good chance to see seedlings and any remaining larger trees.
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.
Please bring hand tools such as loppers, secateurs and trowels. So will tough bags to hold any weeds with seeds. We can supply gloves and safety vests, but much prefer you to bring your own.
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. The closest toilets are at Martin Walker Reserve [almost] opposite the corner of Explorers Rd and Gilberts Road.We will finish by 12.30 p.m.
NOTE: this event will be cancelled if government quarantine restrictions are introduced that further restrict outdoor programs like this one.
YOU MUST COMPLY WITH ALL PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID19.
Maple Massacre 2020: mini Job Safety What are the actual and potential hazards :1. COVID 19 Transmission Spread by droplets. Persists on some surfaces. 2. Working outdoors in the bush in the prevailing weather conditions3. Steep site without tracks4. Using tools and herbicide What Risks Are Involved ?1. Transmission of and infection with a potentially deadly COVID 19 virus2. Working outdoors in the bush Insects/ snakes/ plant allergies/ prickles cuts. Sunburn or hypothermia. Dehydration3. Steep site without tracks Slips and falls. Getting lost.4. Using tools and herbicide Cuts or bruises from tools. Absorbtion through skin of herbicide. How will risks be managed?1. COVID 19 Maintain 1.5 m distance between people from different households. Work with no more than one other person for the whole session. Bring own tools and gloves. If using landcare gloves or vests – find un-used ones and take them home afterwards Use disposable gloves with herbicide bottles. Then take them home and throw them away. Don’t share food or eating receptacles Fill in your own sign in sheet and e-mail it or print and bring it. We advise those aged over 70 not to participate 2. Working outdoors in the bush Wear suitable clothing and stout footwear. Bring a water bottle and sunscreen or hat. Or raincoat and beanie. 3. Steep site without tracks be aware of your location. Maintain at least one person within sight or voice-range. Using tools and herbicide use tools safely. Wear gloves. Carry spare disposable gloves. Herbicide will be supplied in bottle applicators that minimse risk of inhalation and/or spills. Read herbicide instructions. DATE: SIGNED: