Garden Escapees

Garden escapees are putting pressure on Albury’s biodiversity. Garden escapees invade our natural bush lands and can transform ecosystems by displacing native animals and reducing native plant diversity. Most of the environmental weeds in Albury start from suburban gardens, with seeds spread by water, wind, birds, bikes, cars, earth-moving equipment, illegal track formation or from dumped garden waste. The greatest problem areas are where native bush adjoins housing areas. For example, garden escapees are a major problem on the edges of Nail Can Hill Reserve and Eastern Hill Reserve, where houses back onto bush land.

Some key plant species that are easily spread into neighboring bush land include:

  • Privet
  • Cotoneaster
  • Hawthorn
  • Tree Lucerne
  • Olives
  • Broom
  • Agapanthus
  • Cootamundra Wattle
  • Lavender
  • Freesia
  • Watsonia
  • Arum Lily
  • Blue Periwinkle