Decided to have a news free week, to avoid the hype surrounding the fiasco in Canberra, with the family first senator resigning, ( family last in reality) and the grotesque American election campaign.
Instead this beautiful magnolia flower at D and Ps yesterday.
The machines are clearing out the drains on Huonbrook Road, its going to be interesting to see how the remaining jump-seed is redistributed. We are about half way through our hand weeding and although the Mayor was informed we had started our removal efforts, we were not told the machines were on their way.
I do not like wasting energy and as much of the jump-seed emerging is in the drains and on its edges, our previous 3 Saturday volunteer efforts may have been in vain. An extremely hardy plant, a fraction of its clumped root system will regrow, even after being sprayed with round-up ( glyphosate) 3 years ago. Regrew stronger than ever.
Interesting too to observe the spread of the plant to further along the road side towards town. Patches of the plant are reappearing far from the original sites. Roadside mowing, essential, is also likely to be distributing the seed and root system far. I suppose more new comers planted this attractive plant in their gardens as well.
I do not think a total eradication of this plant is possible but our efforts will continue, to emphasise our HERBICIDE FREE approach to cleaning up our drains and water ways.
Fred Pearce’s writings in The New Wild has advanced my thinking from when I first started my regeneration work here. Also by constant observation, both in my gardens and in the rain-forest, has been my real guide in my work and my outlook as I witness unfamiliar plants emerging.
Witnessed too the spray tar, scatter fine gravel efforts, along the edges of the roads besides filling in the pot holes. A method we have witnessed over the years to be little more than a futile waste as soon as heavy rain falls.
FROM THE BRUNSWICK-BYRON CHEMICAL FREE ACTION GROUP.
Hi, the document link below is a great tool to state why we are concerned with the presence of glyphosate in our air, soil and water. It is still broadly used in Byron Shire by Council staff, Council contractors, private property owners, NPWS, Crownlands, etc. The point is not how much money will be saved by spraying. More extensive research has now been done (it should have been done before the chemical was released) showing the health dangers that it imposes on us and the environment.
The use of synthetic herbicides for weed control is an out of date methodology. There are alternatives.
In Bush Regeneration, working with local groups who are applying chemical free approaches towards land management you will develop strategies that do not compromise the present the future of our environmental and health. With regard to public spaces (road, drains and signage maintenance, parks and gardens, school and hospital grounds) there are many others government agencies in Australia and overseas that already use different strategies and technologies to address this matter.
A cynical reaction to road maintenance.