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Backyard weed replacements for Dungog residents

A program to replace backyard weeds is being piloted by Hunter Local Land Services and Dungog Shire Council for residents in the Dungog township area.

The project, supported by the Hunter Catchment Contributions Program, will target common, woody weeds, such as African olive, camphor laurel, privet and green cestrum. Each of these weeds can be easily spread by birds, making it possible for them to germinate anywhere in the landscape.

Participants will be offered free, local, native plants to replace any problem weeds found in their own backyards and gardens.

“We are hoping that this pilot project will encourage people to recognise and reduce problem weeds for our area, particularly those that are easily spread by birds,” said Eric Pasenow, Dungog Shire Council’s Weeds Officer.

“Some of the local, native species on offer are bird attracting, so people can still enjoy seeing birds visit their backyards.”

Similar projects have successfully been run in more urbanised areas through other councils and this Dungog-based initiative hopes to determine the level of interest in more rural communities.

“The spread of weeds by birds doesn’t differentiate between paddocks, creeks, roadsides and smaller backyards and gardens, so reducing them across these environments will reduce weed seed sources,” said Lorna Adlem, Senior Land Services Officer with Hunter Local Land Services.

Dungog residents interested in participating can contact Eric Pasenow at Dungog Shire Council on 0447 106 639 to arrange a free garden assessment to check for problem weeds, receive advice and/or assistance on how to get rid of them.

They will also be able to choose from a list of alternative, local, native plants, which will be provided for free from a reputable, local nursery.

Further Information: Lorna Adlem - 0437 967 311


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