Zandvlei trust

 Pulling out invasive plants in the Zandvlei Nature Reserve
                                                                             
- 20 Feb 2016.

A section of the Reserve which had a control burn last year has many invasive alien plant specie seedlings growing from the seed bank of the plants burned.
It is easy to pull them out when they are this size. A volunteer work party was called for to come and help the Nature Reserve staff.
Lucia Rodrigues and Laurie Craull from the Exco were present, Sue Wishart and Barry Parker from the regular monthly hacking group were there as well. Cliff and Sonja Rossenrode ZVT members joined the group a little later. The ZVNR students and volunteer staff Bernice were here today too.


photograph by Laurie Craull.

We gathered at the office buildings before setting off to the work area. Mark Arendse in the 
navy blue overalls was our leader today.


photograph by Laurie Craull.

Mark and Susan have sample plant species to show the team the identifying characteristics so 
that we pulled the correct species.


photograph by Laurie Craull.

Close up of the Rooikrans and Port Jackson seedlings with the long tap roots. We had 
to get the tap root out intact otherwise it just regrows.


photograph by Laurie Craull.

So we set about pulling them out by the handful. It had rained during the night and the ground
was damp making our work that much easier.


photograph by Laurie Craull.

A garden fork was used for the larger ones.


photograph by Laurie Craull.

A hand fork for the smaller plants.


photograph by Laurie Craull.

Laurie with a sample she got out quite easily.


photograph by Laurie Craull.

We managed to fill a number of bags quite quickly and was rewarding to see the difference we had made.

Well done everybody!!

                                                                                                                                             

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