THIS weekend Canberrans can swap invasive weeds from their garden for free Australian native plants.
“Whether you have an established garden, a yard that is a bit out of control or live close to a nature reserve, have a look around your yard and see what invasive species you might be able to swap for some beautiful native plants,” said TAMS Minister Shane Rattenbury.
“Many ACT residents don’t know they are harbouring noxious weeds and these species commonly escape from gardens into bushland where they grow vigorously, threatening local plant and animal species.
“The weed swap is a great initiative as it not only helps control weeds, but educates people about identifying and treating invasive weeds in a responsible way, which helps them to continue the fight against these invaders long after the swap is over.
“A range of attractive, native plants will be available for swapping, including taller shrubs such as acacias, medium shrubs such as correa dusky bell and wee jasper grevillea, groundcovers including creeping boobialla and tussocky type plants such as lomandra and river tussock. All the plants are supplied by local growers and are very hardy in the Canberra region.”
The swap will be held from 8.30 am to 4.45 pm on Saturday and Sunday at the green waste recycling centres at Canberra Sand and Gravel in West Belconnen and Corkhill Bros near the Mugga Lane landfill.