Awareness of cotton bush grows through Food and Farm Festival

The Peel-Harvey Biosecurity Group is working hard to raise awareness of the highly invasive weed known as cotton bush. Members and volunteers manned an interactive stall at the 2016 Food and Farm Fest held on the weekend.

 

The big drawcard of the stall was a kid’s craft activity. Children were engaged in replicating the cotton bush seed pod using play doh, matchsticks and other fun accessories.

child at Peel Harvey Biosecurity Stall at Food and Farm Fest
Jonelle Cleland of the Peel-Harvey Biosecurity Group stated that the intention of the kid’s activity was two-fold.
“Parents are much more inclined to stop and engage in a display if their kids are kept busy. It provides us with the opportunity to initiate conversation and answer people’s questions about cotton bush,” Mrs Cleland said.

 

“The other important aspect is education. We want people to easily recognise cotton bush – the seed pod is the most distinguishable part of the plant.”
Just one mature plant left to set seed has the capacity to produce hundreds more plants the following year.

Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group at Food and Farm Fest 2016

 

The best time to control cotton bush is before seed pods appear. Each seed pod contains many seeds with silky tufts that allow them to spread in the wind.

 

Thanks are extended to the Serpentine Jarrahdale Library for the use of their kids table and chairs. Volunteers on the day included Athol Wigg, Tom Lerner, John and Genny Black, Georgina Hinds, Teele Hooper-Worrell and Jonelle Cleland.

 

Photos supplied by Georgina Hinds Photography

 

 

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