Hands needed to hack alien plants

2015-10-15 06:00
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Nothemba Manciya saws through a port jackson branch. The Baakens Trust’s alien hack to remove invasive plants in the Baakens River Valley will be held on Saturday from 09:00 to 12:00. Puclib participation will be appreciated. 
PHoto: MATTHEW JOR

: Nothemba Manciya saws through a port jackson branch. The Baakens Trust’s alien hack to remove invasive plants in the Baakens River Valley will be held on Saturday from 09:00 to 12:00. Puclib participation will be appreciated. PHoto: MATTHEW JOR

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It is National Invasive Species week. A first for South Africa and the aim of this week is to educate and increase awareness regarding the importance of controlling alien invasive plants and animals.

Invasive species threaten our water supply and South Africa’s unique biodiversity. Not only do invasives displace indigenous plants, they also alter the habitat for wildlife, and impact negatively on ecosystems on which people, plants and animals depend on for their existence and well-being.

South Africans are encouraged to during National Invasive Species week, remove invasive plants from their gardens and neighbourhoods and by dumping biomass at the correct waste facilities.

A local activity that needs as much support (and hands and chainsaws) as possible is the Baakens Trust’s alien hack to remove invasive plants in the Baakens River Valley. It will be held on Saturday from 09:00 to 12:00.

All interested are to meet (08:45) at the Baakens Trail information board at the upper end of Alan Drive, Walmer Downs, near the Badminton Hall. Otherwise, walk or drive to the hack site behind Aurora using the dirt track next to the Municipal Nursery. Baakens Valley rangers will be there to assist.

)For more informaiton contact Nelia on 072 285 7619 or 041 504 2398.

“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy.” -John Sawhill-

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