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Narooma bushcare basics

Twelve Narooma residents participated in a bushcare basics workshop conducted by South East Local Land Services on 14 February, to learn about identifying local native plants and weeds and how to control weeds.

South East Local Land Services Officer, Peter Gow said the workshop provided some useful tips on plant identification and involved a walk through the Bill Smyth bushland reserve to locate native and weed species growing there.

"The group found weedy vines that are particularly vigorous around the Narooma area including moth vine, cape ivy, English ivy and Madeira vine," Mr Gow said.

"Some similar looking native vines like Stephania and native grape were also identified.

"When people are new to plant identification they typically see just a patch of bush.  However, once they start looking for, and learning about different plants they want to know more.  In my experience they often want to become more engaged in helping to care for and protect native plants.

"Weed control techniques are useful for people who are interested in undertaking future Bushcare work.  The learnings can also be applied in backyards where all workshop participants are encouraged to remove weeds to reduce their impact on the environment.

"What better way to spend Valentine's Day than discovering new plants in the bushland with like-minded people," Mr Gow said.

Residents have expressed an interest in forming a new Bushcare group to look after bushland at the Bill Smyth Oval.

Peter Gow is assisting volunteers to set up the group.  Support from Eurobodalla Shire Council and South East Local Land Services will be provided to the group to continue their quest to remove weeds from the Narooma area.

For more information and to become involved with the Narooma Bushcare group please contact Peter Gow on 02 4475 1001.

ENDS

Peter Gow
Land Services Officer (Landcare)
Telephone: 02 4475 1001
Email: Peter.Gow@lls.nsw.gov.au

Debra Thompson
Senior Land Services Officer (Communications)
South East Local Land Services
Telephone: 02 4224 9707
Email: Debra.Thompson@lls.nsw.gov.au