Weed Wrangle at Bowie Nature Park
WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9am to 11am and 12pm to 2pm.
WHAT: The Weed Wrangle®, is a one-day volunteer effort throughout Nashville and surrounding areas to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. Typical unwelcome plants are honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica and L. maackii), Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense), winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei), autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata var. parviflora), English ivy (Hedera helix) and kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata).
We will have a morning group pulling Chinese Privet and Japanese Honeysuckle from 9 to 11am. The afternoon group will be planting native species from noon to 2pm to help hold the disturbed soil and eventually feed our native wildlife.
Lunch will be provided in-between volunteer sessions for anyone volunteering that day. The food will be located at Shelter #1 where we will meet up before each session.
Please wear close-toed shoes that are sturdy and you don’t mind getting dirty. Come dressed for the weather. Layers are usually good for this time of year since it can start off in the 30’s and make it to the 60’s and 70’s. Bring a water bottle (some will be available). It is not necessary to bring your own tools, but if you would like to, contact us to find out what works best.
WHERE: Bowie Nature Park. As well as many other public parks and public-accessible spaces across Nashville. For meeting points and to register, please visit Hands on Nashville’s website www.hon.org. To register specifically for Bowie Nature Park, please click on the link provided.
Everyone will meet at Shelter #1 and then as a group we will take a short hike to the pulling/planting site.
WHY: Invasive/exotic plants and the pests associated with them degrade woodlands, threaten wildlife habitat, increase the risk of wildfire and alter the appearance of public spaces, including those set aside for the enjoyment and recreation of all residents. Without decisive intervention, these plants, insects, and other non-native intruders will continue to adversely impact our city and state’s ecosystems, resources, and services.
Please contact Brooke Fleeman at [email protected] or 615-799-5544 ext.0 for more information or to answer any questions you may have.