Category Archives: Ulex europaeus

Close to the end

Inglewood
Tuesday 1 August 2017
 
What a delightful sunny winter day for being outdoors. Even though the work was under trees it was still pleasant.

Waiting for the call to return to work.  Greg K, Greg B, Nick, Gill, Michelle, Brian, Margaret (part hidden)  and Hillary
 
Site after work, note all the cut Gorse on the ground
Quite big inroads into the remaining Gorse on the south side of the Inglewood Fire Trail was made, leaving just one more session to reach the end. Work started in November 2012 for the 500 metre long site with the depth varying from 5 to 20 or more metres. The area covered is estimated to be 11,000 square metres.

Making inroads into the Gorse – view east

 

Morning coffee break,   Gill, Michelle, Brian, Margaret  and Hillary

 

Greg at work on cutting Gorse

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A well-earned break – Inglewood

Tuesday 7 March 2017

In what was ideal; weather a large patch of tall Gorse was tackled at the edge of Inglewood Fire Trail and the result was a very pleasing area cleared of the menace. Some seedlings were noticed from our last venture to this location in 2015.
 

Morning break was  cool enough to be pleasant in the sun and made more enjoyable courtesy of the Hobart Bushcare pastries and cake brought along by Michelle from the Summer Kitchen bakery of Ranelagh.

 
Top is site with large Gorse bushes and below after it was cleared
Morning break in the sun.
 

Swayed by Strong Winds – Inglewood Site

Tuesday 6 September 2016
Morning break at Inglewood
 
 
It was a mild day but the wind did get strong enough to blow off hats and tip over our packets of biscuits during our morning coffee break.  It used to be morning tea, but now that the City of Hobart bushcare office supplies a fresh brew of coffee, that   name no longer fits. Anyway the wind was instrumental in moving our work from under the big trees in the bush out to an open area.
 
The most recent attempt to resume clearing Gorse at Inglewood had been thwarted by wet weather and in the meantime the Cornelian Bay Bushcare had spent time working on the site. So instead of having to continue where we left off there was a nice big gap cleared of weeds and this has now been expanded further by todays effort.
 
A ribbon of Gorse in the middle of the fire break had been sprayed a couple of years ago but there were quite a number of big bushes that had either recovered or been missed and it was these we tackled after the break and managed to clear them all. Their bright yellow flowers are no more.
 
Ribbon of Gorse in open location before being finished
 
Open area after work completed
 
 

 

On checking through the site we found what is to us a mystery. Within the bush a recently cut track was noticed, including chainsawn trees. It wasn’t followed but seemed to lead through Cascade land towards Strickland Avenue.  One of trees cut has slid whilst being cut and is now leaning against other trees creating hazard. We thought it might be someone making a bike track, but the very next morning I received a map of the CoH hazard reduction plan showing the area down for a programmed burn, so maybe this is for the burn line, and enquiries have confirmed it is a fire line put in by the Tas fire Service.
 
cut track heading off towards Strickland Avenue.


More photos at this link.

 
 

Swayed by Strong Winds – Inglewood Site

Tuesday 6 September 2016
Morning break at Inglewood
 
 
It was a mild day but the wind did get strong enough to blow off hats and tip over our packets of biscuits during our morning coffee break.  It used to be morning tea, but now that the City of Hobart bushcare office supplies a fresh brew of coffee, that   name no longer fits. Anyway the wind was instrumental in moving our work from under the big trees in the bush out to an open area.
 
The most recent attempt to resume clearing Gorse at Inglewood had been thwarted by wet weather and in the meantime the Cornelian Bay Bushcare had spent time working on the site. So instead of having to continue where we left off there was a nice big gap cleared of weeds and this has now been expanded further by todays effort.
 
A ribbon of Gorse in the middle of the fire break had been sprayed a couple of years ago but there were quite a number of big bushes that had either recovered or been missed and it was these we tackled after the break and managed to clear them all. Their bright yellow flowers are no more.
 
Ribbon of Gorse in open location before being finished
 
Open area after work completed
 
 

 

On checking through the site we found what is to us a mystery. Within the bush a recently cut track was noticed, including chainsawn trees. It wasn’t followed but seemed to lead through Cascade land towards Strickland Avenue.  One of trees cut has slid whilst being cut and is now leaning against other trees creating hazard. We thought it might be someone making a bike track, but the very next morning I received a map of the CoH hazard reduction plan showing the area down for a programmed burn, so maybe this is for the burn line.  However from feedback so far this doesn’t seem to be the case.
 
cut track heading off towards Strickland Avenue.


More photos at this link.

 
 

Chocolate Cake Day

Inglewood Site

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Party at work at Inglewood  John  Rob, Greg and Ted

It was just as well that a good number of people were able to help on the latest Wellington Park Bushcare Group event as there was a big and very rich chocolate cake to get through. This was for the morning break and provided by the City of Hobart as a thank you to the volunteers.

The northern side of the 650 metres of fire break was cleared of big gorse bushes over 5 years from 2007 to 2012 and now this opposite edge for the last 3 years. Today we had a mixture of slender Gorse bushes and plenty of thick ones and all were tall, but it is the big ones that are more satisfying to remove because the area cleared progresses much quicker. Quite a dent was made, leaving behind a trail of cut mounds to breakdown to a mulch.

Site at Inglewood after work Top section

The same site as the photo above, after the Gorse has been removed.

More photos are on the web, by clicking the image below.

Inglewood September 2015

Inglewood Gorse – Removing a Dominator

Tuesday 3 March 2015

Greg, John, Kevin and Sue

We have been removing Gorse beside the Inglewood fire break easements for 8  years.  Gorse is a dreadful prickly weed that completely dominates the ground once it gets established and we hate it.  In the areas where it has been removed the native vegetation has staged a comeback.
A thick patch was cleared this month and whist some of bushes were large an equal number were small and spindly and they consume a lot of effort without the pleasure of seeing the big change that the removing the monsters gives.
One of our tasks on the next visit to the area will be a follow up at some of the early sites, just to keep on top of the Gorse menace.

Before and after photos at the Inglewood work site

Inglewood Site  at the start of the work

Site  at the start of the work

 

Inglewood work site after cxompletion revealing  just a few slender native plants that have manged to survive the Gorse domination.

Site after completion revealing  just a few slender native plants

that have managed to survive the Gorse domination.

Inglewood Gorse removal Continues

Tuesday 2 September 2014

A couple of very light spots of rain were noticed as reached the cars at the end of the working bee; up until then the weather had been delightful.

We continued clearing the Gorse on the south side of Inglewood Fire trail where a mixture of thin wispy plants under the more open canopy and large taller bushes elsewhere. This area is down towards the bottom of the area and is one of the more heavily infested spots we have come across.

There is still plenty remaining and it is slow to gain cleared territory, but we are getting there.

Photos of a Gorse patch before at top and after below

IMG_0261 Gorse in flower Before

IMG_0262 Gorse after most removed