Conservation

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This biodiversity stewardship project aims to provide formal conservation protection for the area of the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy, and beyond. 

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Doornrandje and HIlls & Dales battle Pom-Pom

A number of residents in Doornrandjes and Hills & Dales have been seen in the veld, tackling our most virulent alien invader - the dreaded Pom-pom weed.

While the country stretches out, sighs deeply and enjoys a brief respite fom the normal pressures, December is flowering time for the Pom-pom.  It works hard to send out further rhizomes, and to form the millions of seeds it will disperse over the grasslands in the weeks to come. 

 

When you see the flowers, it is nearly too late. Far better to tackle this weed before the bright, showy pink flowers appear.  But if you have pom-pom, please get out there and work to bring it under control. 

When you speak to residents who have worked on pom-pom, the story is always the same.  Lots of time, money and effort goes into bringing it to a point where it can be controlled.  No-one claims to have eradicated the problem.  And no-one can while some residents to nothing, or leave it too late.  

The pom-pom does not respect a boundary fence.  If you leave it, the wind will sweep the seeds far and wide.  

Reminder:  this is a classified invader.  You are required by law to take action against the weed, and you can be fined if you do not.  Residents who do not treat the pom-pom on their land will be reported to the authorities. 

See article for full details on treatment and on other invaders.