Tall Poppies - Volunteer takes fight to weeds

Read about volunteer Geoff Nottle waging war against weeds at his local park, Scarborough Terrace Reserve.

City Limits - Issue 51 - April 2016 - Tall poppies volunteer weedsAn 84-year-old man from Dover Gardens is waging war against weeds at his local reserve.

Geoff Nottle has dedicated his spare time over the past 11 years to sprucing up Scarborough Terrace Reserve by pulling out weeds, replanting and watering seedlings and reporting graffiti.

Mr Nottle first took an interest in the reserve when walking his dog.

“It started when I was walking my dog and noticed a burr clover patch,” Mr Nottle said.

“I began removing weeds by hand, and later used a tool while sitting on a small kindergarten chair my sons used to use... my wife made me a cushion for the seat.”

Mr Nottle’s contribution adds to work undertaken by Council’s Open Space Operations team who maintain the reserve during fortnightly visits.

Mr Nottle and his wife Paquita moved to Darlington in 1962 where they raised twin boys.

In 1996 they relocated to a then new development in Dover Gardens where they still live.

A former English teacher, Mr Nottle writes poetry about his dog, ageing, bowling and weeding.

In recent years he has been revegetating a plantation strip in Dover Court behind Pattritis’ Winery.

“The strip is in almost constant shade with clay soil on sloping ground and had become rundown and needed some work,” Mr Nottle said.

“Passers-by speak favourably of its improved appearance and encourage me to continue.”

Well-known to Council staff and local residents, Mr Nottle volunteers about 10 hours per week, except when temperatures are too high or low.

“Both projects give me a purpose each day and are beneficial to my state of mind and body,” he said.

“Now that I’m older I don’t have quite the same motivation but I will go on while I can.

“I think the reserve and its surroundings are an asset to the community and a credit to the Council.”

Scarborough Terrace Reserve includes a playground, cricket nets, exercise equipment, running track, a shelter, public toilet, seating and barbecue facilities.


This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 51 - April 2016.

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