Martindale prepares to take on Green Cestrum

MARTINDALE Creek Catchment Landcare group is about to begin a project that aims to control the spread of the invasive and highly toxic environmental weed Green Cestrum. 

The group’s Green Cestrum Control Program is funded by Muswellbrook Shire Council – and will enter its first stage this weekend.

Green Cestrum is highly toxic to animals including cattle, sheep, horse, pigs, poultry and humans and frequently causes ‘sudden death’ in livestock. 

It grows vigorously and was originally spread from gardens by birds that ate the berries, and now out-competes native vegetation in many areas.

“It’s a serious agricultural pest as even a small amount will rapidly kill stock,” Martindale Creek Catchment Landcare’s president Pauline Sykes said.

“So many people still don’t know what Green Cestrum is and how dangerous it is. 

“We are hoping that the project can give momentum to Green Cestrum management by creating awareness and providing guidance on its control for local residents.”

“Through this project, maybe the weed can eventually be eliminated from the Martindale Creek catchment.”

A Green Cestrum Information Day is being hosted by the Landcare group on Saturday, July 15, from 11.30am to 3pm at Morrissey’s Lane, off Martindale Road at Smith’s Bridge. 

Come along for a free BBQ lunch and stubby holder and learn about this harmful weed. 

For more information or if you are located in the Martindale Creek Catchment and would like to be involved in the project, contact Pauline Sykes at martindalecreeklandcare@gmail.com