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Swap weeds for trees

 

JUDITH KERR
14 October 2011 12:00AM

COOCHIEMUDLO residents will be able to swap a shopping bag full of weeds for a native plant or tree tomorrow.

Redland City Council officers will hand over the trees at the Coochiemudlo Island jetty from 8.30am to 10.30am.

Next week, weeds on the mainland will be targeted and officers will hand out trees in exchange for a bag of weeds at IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, October 22.

Tomorrow, council staff will help residents identify weeds, provide advice on how to manage them, and also find suitable native plants as replacements.

All weeds will be accepted.

This year, the fishbone fern, a weed found on Coochie-mudlo Island, will be targeted.

 A crackdown on mainland weeds will target balsam, creeping lantana, madeira vine and mock orange.

Now in its 11th year, the Trees for Weeds project aims to educate residents on local weeds and help control their spread across the city’s bushland, parks and reserves.

More than 10,000 bags of weeds have been swapped for native plants at Trees for Weeds days in the past decade.

Residents can swap up to five shopping bags of weeds each for a native plant.

Mayor Melva Hobson said the tree swap was a great way for people to learn about weeds and how to identify them and beautify their gardens for free.

Go to the original article:  http://www.baysidebulletin.com.au/news/local/news/general/swap-weeds-for-trees/2324251.aspx

 

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