Flaggy Creek Weeds Workshop
We teamed up with Trees in Newcastle, and our local Landcare legends to deliver a community education project about local weed species and their control techniques.
We got together on a Saturday afternoon with 21 participants at the Charlestown Girl Guide Hall.
We started with a short classroom session before an easy walk along the Great North Walk.
Bush regenerators, Graham and Sharyn were a big hit with participants as they provided practical knowledge and a range of identification techniques. They were able to suggest a number of ways of reducing the weed burden.
We were inspired by Robert from the local Landcare site as he talked about the long process of improving the vegetation and reducing weeds at their site.
We later returned to the hall for afternoon tea and further learning all about local weeds. All participants received a copy of Ann Loughren's book, Native Plant or Weed, along with a range of relevant Landcare materials.
Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and they enjoyed both the outdoor walk and classroom activities. Attendees felt the workshop activities had helped them improve their understanding of the subject. Some comments included:
"informative and inspiring"
"ready to get into some bush regeneration"
"everything very enjoyable and useful"
We are thankful to Hunter Local Land Services for providing funding for the project through their Community Small Grants Program.
For more information, contact the Greater Charlestown Sustainable Neighbourhood Group on 0411 168 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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