Weed warriors on the warpath
ALL's the world's a garden for the weed wanderers ? today they are in Nana Glen.
The town's Bridge Park and the Nana Glen Landcare group are enjoying some extra TLC from a group of international conservation volunteers who are pulling morning glory vines down from native trees, weeding out privet and poisoning camphor laurels, with a team leader from Conservation Volunteers Australia.
The self-sufficient volunteers camp nearby, pay their own way and use their own tools. This week they worked on the dunes of Sapphire Beach and on the banks of the Orara, with National Parks and Rivercare.
Mostly young people, but some retirees, their working holidays allow them to see beautiful parts of the world, they like working for the environment anyway and they get to meet real locals while they toil. Next week three head for New Zealand.
"We think it's wonderful" said Nana Glen Landcare's Connie O'Connell, who hosted a welcome barbecue for the visitors yesterday.
Coffs Harbour City Council has added an extra 1.5 ha to Bridge Park and the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust Envirofund has provided $9500 funding towards the $40,000 rehabilitation project for the expanded riverside park and conservation area, as well as hats and uniforms.