Wellington Blackberry Taskforce – Information Day
The Wellington Blackberry Taskforce (WBT) is holding a Community field day to explain some of the best approaches to this age-old problem of controlling blackberries.
The WBT is a community-led program which works in conjunction with farmers, the Shire Council and other agencies to create a collaborative approach to weed management, thereby getting a good result on both sides of the fence.
A community field day will be held in Glenmaggie on Wednesday 21st February from 10.30 am, including a light lunch.
There will be experts offering advice on herbicides and wetting agents; mixing rates, spraying techniques and timing of control. There will also be information on creating a 3 year blackberry control plan.
The WBT achieved great success last year, including, establishing a control pocket with private landholders, Southern Rural Water (SRW) and Wellington Shire Council (WSC). This has given SRW and WSC an opportunity to utilise heavier equipment to support farmers who have agreed to work together on their blackberry problem.
Blackberry is a noxious weed that is a major threat to both agricultural production and the natural environment. Immediate control is imperative to achieve the community’s desire for long term control.
To achieve this, the WBT is seeking cooperation from residents in Lecola and the Glenmaggie region to identify local infestations and support the program by committing to a 3 year blackberry control plan.
For further information on the community field day or the community led program , call Peter Quennell on 0412 387 102.