Working Bee Calendars
bees are held from 9 am to 11 am, usually on the third Sunday and second
Thursday each month, except January. Bush care and weeding are frequent
activities. The heavy jobs, including construction, are done by Council
staff. The Friends do the lighter work of bush care, weeding and planting.
You are invited
to join our working bees at any time. Wear sensible protective clothing,
boots and gloves. The Park has a variety of terrain, and can be wet
underfoot. Gloves are provided for people using herbicide (swabbing
the stumps of woody weeds).
also work at other times with Bushcare - either in small groups or on
their own. A goup meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month
at 9am. Contact Jane Schoettgen on 8339 7254 if you would like to join
her in this work.
receive reminder notices for the working bees, or to find out more about
them, send an email to bobjames at chariot.net.au
The Friends vegetation
policy is to:
- preserve and
enhance existing locally indigenous bushland
- control weeds
both exotic and native
denuded and degraded areas with appropriate indigenous species
- use minimum
disturbance of bushland techniques and Bradley principles for Bushcare
- ensure that
those working at Bushcare have appropriate workshop training in plant
identification and Bushcare techniques.
- Follow and
promote knowledge of the Bushland Weeding Code:
- Look before
you weed—know where the native plants are.
- Choose the
most effective and selective weeding technique for the plant and the
- Disturb soil
as little as possible. Replace any disturbed soil, press it down and
replace plant litter.
- Adapt to the
season and weather conditions. Don’t pull or grub weeds when the soil
is dry and roots break off when pulled, or tramp through when soil
is so soft that your feet damage plants at each step.
- Minimise the
amount of trampling over the site and scatter the team of workers
so that they do not form a new trail. Wear soft soled shoes and clothes
which do not carry weed seeds or drag on foliage. Wear gloves.
- Before you
pull, grub or poison large weeds, pull the small weeds which are growing
- Avoid damage
to native plants. Don’t drop or fell large weeds onto native plants
or drag boughs through the bush.
- Remove from
the bush any parts of weeds which could regrow: ripe fruits, seed
heads, bulbs, rhizomes and runners. Break up the rest into small pieces
and leave them scattered to form a mulch, especially over the spots
where weeds have been removed.
- Do follow up
work before moving on to weed a new area.
- Remove weed
seeds or bulbils which could scatter into the weeded zone.
- Where native
plants are regenerating among dense weeds, clear them some growing
space but do not create large openings.
Working Bee Calendar 2013
9 am to 11 am