Swan River views brought back by Berringa Park Friends Group

Hayden Carter, Bob Williams and Greg Pound. Picture: Matt Jelonek.      www.communitypix.com.au    d494250
Hayden Carter, Bob Williams and Greg Pound. Picture: Matt Jelonek. www.communitypix.com.au d494250

RIVER views are back in Maylands thanks to the work of a residents’ group.

The Berringa Park Friends Group has cleared more than 4500 sq m of pepper trees from the park in six months.

According to the Department of Parks and Wildlife WA, brazilian pepper trees are a suckering tree which spreads over bushland, blocks access to creeks and smothers native vegetation.

Group member Hayden Carter said the group would continue clearing the weeds before planning native planting sessions next year.

“Our main focus is going to be peppers as it is probably the fastest spreading and dense noxious weed that we face,” he said.

“It is just great to see the river views again that you wouldn’t be able to see before and birdlife coming back to the creek.”

Greg Pound, Bob Williams and Hayden Carter. Picture: Matt Jelonek

Co-ordinator Greg Pound said there were several weeds in the park but the group concentrated on the pepper trees.

“We have a steady group of about 12 volunteers,” he said.

“We’d love to get more people on board.

“If you have only got an hour or half-an-hour, it is better than no time at all.”

Mr Pound said the group received a grant from Perth Airport to hold educational workshops in schools about removing weeds and different types of plants.

The group is also looking to plant 10,000 small plants in June next year.

It meets on the third Sunday of each month from 8am.

For information, visit the group’s Facebook page.

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