You’re invited to join us for two collaborative practical weed workshops.

Learn about protecting our special Banks Peninsula flora from pest plants. We’ll focus on how to control our worst exotic tree & vine threats over two demonstration sessions at different locations.

All welcome.

1) WILDING PINES - Sunday 20th September 10am-12pm

Come & experience the beauty, native biodiversity & wilding pine control challenges faced on Cloud Farm at the heart of the Wildside. 

Alice Webster, BPCT Wildside Coordinator will give an overview of the risk wilding pines pose to both Banks Peninsula’s native biodiversity & farmland, explaining why it’s so important we act now. 

Practical control demonstrations will be given by a range of experienced locals, landowners & contractors: Lindsay Main, Christo Trought, Bob Webster, Darryl Pringle & Antony Johnson. Techniques & tools used successfully to control wildings & conifer plantations will be covered for different tree species, sizes, site accessibility & skill set.
  • Cloud Farm, 68 Hickory Bay Road (near the Cabstand, intersection of Long Bay & Summit Roads)
  • Bring clothing for all weather conditions – it’s not called Cloud Farm for nothing!
  • BYO lunch to eat over a cuppa (supplied) after the workshop
  • Take-home resources summarising methods & equipment available
  • Postponement date Thursday 24th September

Controlled douglas fir on Cloud Farm dissolving into native regeneration

2) SYCAMORE & BANANA PASSIONFRUIT - Thursday 15th October 1pm-3:30pm

Learn about the problems these invasive pests pose to remnant & regenerating forest & why early intervention is effective, in the setting of a beautiful new covenant near Okains Bay. 

Alice Shanks - QEII Trust, Ian Hankin - DOC, & Di Carter - CCC, will share their experience & knowledge in this session covering correct identification, strategies for long term success & practical control methods. Find out what control DOC & CCC are doing in the Okains Bay area & wider Banks Peninsula region on these pests. 

  • Luke Thelning Reserve, 442 Big Hill Road, Okains Bay
  • Afternoon tea provided
  • Other concerning pest plants in native bush & new threats to be vigilant for flagged
  • Bring any weed samples for identification & control advice (in zip-sealed bags please to prevent seed spread)
  • Take-home resources available on a range of weed species & weed control-contractors
  • No postponement date

Banana passionfruit  - a beautiful but noxious pest on Banks Peninsula

Please wear sturdy footwear for short walks to demonstration areas at both sites.

Cancellation or postponement emails will be sent by 7:30am on each of the days if weather is unfavorable or Covid restrictions change. 

Please RSVP to by 16th September for wilding pines session, & 7th October for the second workshop. Following RSVPs, further information including directions & parking details will be circulated. Numbers will be limited.

Thanks – we look forward to seeing you.

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