WEED SWAP is held twice a year, once in the autumn and once in the spring, by volunteers of ANPS Canberra Region, with support from personnel of Environment ACT and staff from the ACT Parks and Conservation Service.
The aim of the program is to encourage local residents to remove environmental weeds from their gardens in order to prevent the continued spread of berries and seeds into the environment. Berries from Cotoneaster, Privet, Pyracantha, Hawthorn and Ivy and seeds from all broom species can spread into bush and nature reserves where they deny native vegetation space, nutrients and increasingly scarce moisture, as well as alter soil biology. This process also occurs in adjacent suburban gardens, perpetuating the cycle of weed dispersal.
ANPS member growers supply Canberra-hardy species in forestry tubes, adhering to a number of criteria to ensure the success of the plants. The ANPS-labelled plants are given, twice a year, to those who bring the target environmental weed species to two green-waste recycling sites; Canberra Sand and Gravel's yard in Parkwood near the end of Southern Cross Drive or Corkhill Bros' yard near the Mugga Lane Tip. Please note that the green-waste recycling sites do not accept bamboo.
Next Weed Swap:
29 & 30 October 2016 (Saturday and Sunday), 8:30am to 4:30pm
Some of the environmental woody weed plants were given away in the seventies to new blocks by the Government and were successful. Householders unlucky enough to have inherited these environmental woody weeds would find that they absorb much precious water and compete with desirable plants for light, nutrients and space.
The replacement 'free' plants are grown by members of the Society and are paid for with funding from the ACT Government's Weed budget. They include ground-covers, clumping plants, small, medium and larger shrubs and a few trees. The plants are clearly labelled and volunteers will offer planting and care advice.
7 April 2013 Minister Shane Rattenbury visits WS