BERRINGA PARK FRIENDS GROUP

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

MAYLANDS res­i­dents have formed a friends group to com­bat in­va­sive weeds and re­gen­er­ate the nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion at Berringa Park.

The group will be run­ning monthly weed­ing and plant­ing days and busy bees in 2019.

NEWLY-formed Berringa Park Friends Group aims to work with the City of Bayswa­ter to cre­ate an ongoing weed re­duc­tion plan.

The group was of­fi­cially launched on De­cem­ber 9.

Berringa Park in Maylands has been prone to in­va­sive and nox­ious weeds, in­clud­ing Brazil­ian pep­per trees, castor oil trees, arum lilies and black­cur­rant.

Co-or­di­na­tor Greg Pound said the group was formed as part of a pro­gram where he com­pleted a pro­ject on pep­per trees.

“I pur­chased a unit in Maylands in 1998 and lived in the unit for about the past five years,” he said.

“Over the 20 years, I have no­ticed more and more nox­ious weeds grow­ing on the banks of the Swan River. My pro­ject was the cat­a­lyst for get­ting in­volved and do­ing some­thing about it.

“I found there were Friends of groups along the river but none were op­er­at­ing in Berringa Park.”

Mr Pound’s vi­sion was to cre­ate a “com­mu­nity that cares” to work to­gether to con­trol and erad­i­cate in­tro­duced nox­ious weeds and re­gen­er­ate veg­e­ta­tion.

“We will be work­ing with City of Bayswa­ter to cre­ate a ongoing weed re­duc­tion plan, along with tak­ing up an ad­vi­sory role for weed re­moval and re­plant­ing,” he said.

He said the group was look­ing for more vol­un­teers, work day leaders and helpers, and a so­cial me­dia spe­cial­ist.

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Bar­don Park Friends Group co-or­di­na­tor David Dyke with Berringa Park Friends Group co-or­di­na­tors Hay­den Carter and Greg Pound.

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