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OCT 2010 - LANDCARE GROUP, MAJORS CREEK

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VISIT TO OLD MINE WORKINGS, 10 OCTOBER AND INVITATION FOR 14 NOVEMBER

Committee members and new Group members visited the old mine workings to inspect the infestation of invasive weeds, especially broom. We followed the access trail installed a few years ago, at which time the area had been sprayed. The broom infestation is now pervasive in some places, and is spreading further both there and down both sides of the Creek as far as the Bridge. It therefore needs urgent attention. There is also blackberry and thistle infestation around the old mine workings, and we found household rubbish in one pit, requiring removal. We were however impressed by evidence of natural regeneration such as wildflowers and birdlife, and noted attractive areas of water storage. There is potential for enhanced village recreational use, provided dangerous areas are properly fenced off, and signposted if necessary.

We have decided to focus on broom as most urgent.

We would like to call for volunteers to help with broom eradication in easily accessible areas: Sunday 14 November 2010, from 10am to 2pm.

Participants should please bring gloves, boots, sunscreen, hats, medications, secateurs and spray bottles of poison (plus a picnic afterwards if wished).

Landcare Group membership forms will be available on this website ($5 annually for individuals, $10 for families and $50 corporate), at the Elrington Hotel, and at the 14 November outing.

We look forward to welcoming many new members.

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