Weeds

Introduced plants threaten the integrity of the natural environment. Weeds know no boundaries so a regional approach to weed control is essential.

In Wellington Park, weed control is regularly undertaken by the various on–ground management agencies. Remote sites are targeted to prevent new incursions of weed species.

Volunteer groups are extremely active in their local areas, working on priority infestations. Species targeted include blackberry, gorse, Spanish heath, orange hawkweed, pampas grass, broom, holly and Elisha’s tears.

In the past Envirofund programs have been implemented in the Park, focusing on the protection of natural values through weed removal. Work has been completed at Lenah Valley Road, Inglewood Fire Trail, and Goat Hills, as well as many other remote locations within the Park.

The Wellington Park Fire Management Strategy outlines weed control considerations, particularly regarding the relationship of fire to individual species.

The Trust has also endorsed a Hygiene Protocol to reduce the risk of weed movement within the Park. The protocol assists land managers and contractors to minimise vehicle movement through infested areas, and recommends actions to control the spread of weeds and other plant pathogens.

The Southern Tasmanian Weed Strategy outlines regional priorities for management. A weed of particular interest is Orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum), a garden plant that invades disturbed areas and that has been found at Fern Tree and the Springs. Orange hawkweed is declared under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999, and is being targeted by the Southern Tasmania Councils Authority (STCA). The STCA has created a weed profile for Orange hawkweed.

For more information on weed control in the Park contact the Manager.