GREEN ARMY FIGHTING BUFFEL GRASS IN ALICE SPRINGS

This is an important restoration and garden rejuvenation project for the Project Host organisation, Olive Pink Botanic Garden. The Green Army team has achieved impressive environmental outcomes by controlling invasive weeds and landscaping high-use areas of the gardens to protect native vegetation.

A RELIABLE WORKFORCE

buffel grass alice springs‘We’ve got this wonderful estate without the resources to really be able to invest and progress it.’ Libby Prell, chair of the Olive Pink Botanic Garden Board for more than 10 years.

She remembers tackling a sea of waist-high buffel grass as a volunteer. ‘At that stage it was literally volunteers arriving with their mattocks and digging, so it was very ad hoc.’ The gardens have just two full-time employees: Garden Curator Ian Coleman and horticulturalist Doug McDougall.

Libby estimates that at least two more would be needed to do the estate justice. From her point of view, the Green Army has rescued the situation by providing a reliable workforce that enables the Garden to plan strategically and know that the planned activities will be implemented. Ian Coleman agrees.

‘We have a skill base here; what we lack is an enthusiastic labour force, which the Green Army provides. So it’s a perfect fit for us really.’

The current team is the second for the Garden.

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