Swap a bag of weeds for a native plant at M'boro markets

SWAP noxious weeds for native plants at the Maryborough Heritage City Markets on Thursday, September 12.

Fraser Coast Regional Council land protection officer Juliet Musgrave said the council's vector team would offer a free native seedling to anyone who brought along a bag of weeds to the council stall at the markets between 8am and 1.30pm.

"If people have weeds that they have pulled from their garden, they can bag them up and bring them down to the market stall and we'll identify them and the problems they can cause," she said.

"We'll also take the weeds off their hands and swap them for a free native seedling grown in council's community nursery.

"It saves people money buying plants and more importantly it encourages people to rid their yards and properties of noxious weeds.

"We've offered this deal for the past few years and it has proved very popular and really helps us spread the word about ridding your property of pest plants."

There will also be a display of the most common pest plants found around the Fraser Coast as well as free fact sheets and information on local flora and fauna.

The council event follows Weedbuster Week, from September 2 -8, which is a statewide initiative to encourage participation in weed control activities, recognise existing weeding activities and provide weed education.

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