The last Sunday work activity for 2022 will be held on Sunday 4 December 2022 from 9am until 12.30pm. At this time of year we focus on cutting the flower heads from as many verbascum as possible. Each flower head removed means 100,000 fewer seeds on the hillside. There was a huge effort during the Covid years to successfully reduce the concentration of verbascum on parts of the hill. The effort however does not stop and we are keen to ensure that these parts where verbascum numbers have been reduced, continue to stay that way. We encourage as many volunteers as possible to attend on Sunday. When we return after Christmas, flowering will be advanced and it will be mostly too late to impact the seed formation.
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Location: Park and assemble at the top of Brereton Street, Garran. Task and safety briefings will be held at 9am sharp
Activities: The principal activity will be cutting and dabbing verbascum flower stalks using secateurs and dabbers. We have a small number of sickles which can also be used. For those who prefer other weeding, loppers, saws and mattocks will be available for dealing with woody weeds. Tools should not be shared between volunteers.
Conditions: steep track and slopes, rocky in parts, mostly open bush thickly covered by St Johns Wort.
You bring: Water to drink, hat, leather gloves, long sleeved shirt, long pants essential, eye protection, sunscreen, solid enclosed shoes. BYO morning tea.
We bring: Tools – We will bring small and large mattocks, secateurs, loppers, saws, sickles and herbicide dabbers. We will also bring a basic first aid kit, and provide tool use and weeding ID and advice as needed. Bring your own tools, especially secateurs and sickles if available.
Note: It is important that you attend the activity safety briefing at 0900. A byo morning tea will be held at 11am.
Cancellation: The activity will be cancelled by email (if possible), no later than 8am of the activity day, if rain/wind is forecast which could make planned work potentially hazardous, high temperatures before midday are forecast, total fire bans are announced, air pollution is ‘hazardous’ or additional Covid 19 restrictions in force. Note: The Red Hill Regenerators Group is advised by the ACT Parks & Conservation Service and the information below:
- ‘Guidelines for Volunteer fieldwork in extreme conditions‘, which addresses extreme temperatures and poor air quality, as measured by PM2.5 levels (to obtain up to the minute information about air quality, there are a number of Apps, including the ‘Air Matters‘ App);
- ‘Volunteer Fieldwork through Covid19’ latest update;
- Information at: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/protecting-yourself-and-others
- the Volunteer Policy and Code of Conduct can be accessed from the ParkCare Hub Home Page on the right hand side under “Files” https://app.betterimpact.com/Volunteer/Main/StoredDocument/29169