Weeds compete with our native plantings for moisture and nutrients. As part of our campaign we have introduced our Walking Weeders Programme. The idea is to encourage people who enjoy walking around the lake to pitch in and pull a few weeds when they visit the lake. FOLC run a workshop to help walking weeders to identify weeds and to learn about weed management strategies.
As the area being revegetated grows the need for weed management increases. Our goal is to minimise the use of herbicides at the lake and eventually to eliminate the need for herbicides altogether. In order to achieve this we need to recruit an army of volunteers.
Hundreds of locals now use the lake and surrounds for exercise and relaxation. If everyone pulled just a few weeds when they visit the lake we will be on our way to winning the war!
If you can’t make it to one of our workshops then contact us and we will be happy to send you more information.
Remember sometimes weeds and seedlings can be hard to differentiate, so if you aren’t sure about whether a plant is a native or a weed, please leave it be.