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Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant that is moving in to Acton conservation lands. Together, we can get it out of there.

We need your help - many hands make the task doable. On many weekend days we will have group picking sessions at two of our largest invasion sites, the Acton Arboretum and Nashoba Brook conservation land. Send mail to info@actoninvasives.org to let us know when you want to work.

You can also sign up without indicating a time or place. We'll contact you to figure out where and when you'd like to pick. There are many other places we'll be removing garlic mustard, and the picking can be done at your convenience. We'll provide training, and, if you'd like, other people will pick with you.

We'll provide bags, you provide water, snacks, sunblock, gloves & clothes that cover your arms & legs. Some sites have some Poison Ivy - we'll provide TecNu soap, but let us know ahead of time if that's of concern, and we can steer you away from the worst sites.

Here's a great handout or poster about Garlic Mustard.

Our target sites are:

Acton Arboretum

Multiple invasions, all of them picked in previous years, some more completely than others. Meet at the end of Wood Lane.

Nashoba Brook at Wheeler Lane

There is one large sprawling invasion at the end of Wheeler Lane. This includes areas under pine trees, in the open, and in the woods. Meet in the parking area near the end of Wheeler Lane, which is off of Rte 27 in North Acton.

There are other smaller invasions on conservation lands, or sites that need special care in scheduling, listed below. If you'd like to work at one of these sites, let us know and we'll work something out.

Nashoba Brook at Milldam and at Davis Road

There's an invasion along the access from Milldam.

Guggins Brook

A small invasion at Guggins in the inner meadow that has developed some satellite invasions.


This invasion is right near the entrance - it is beginning to creep down the path toward the main part of the conservation land

Nagog Hill

This large mostly-never-picked invasion is on both sides of the trail between the Grassy Pond entrance and the inner meadow on the way to the Hybid Farm entrance. We will need a special effort this year involving power tools, herbicide, or both.

Will's Hole / Town Forest

There is one small dense invasion on the Captain Handley access trail, and a more scattered invasion along the paved portion of the yellow trail.

Great Hill

This invasion was reported last year. Its exact size is unknown. It is on the newly acquired part of Great Hill, near the southern Piper Lane red entrance trail.

Morrison Farm

This small invasion is mostly in between the sidewalk and the paddock fence.

Heath Hen Meadow

This small invasion was first noticed (and picked) in 2013. It's on the downhill side of the meadow closest to Robbins Street.

Wright Hill

This land was recently purchased by the Town (2014). There is a sprawling invasion near the top of the cart path that will needs preliminary investigation.

Here are sites that will be picked by groups. If you work with a group that wants a service project, let me know & we'll find you an area you can pick

Camp Acton

A sprawling invasion next to the access road, and along a right-of-way that crosses the access road. In 2013 and 2014 this site was picked by Scouts. Hooray for the Scouts!

Great Hill

This invasion is in two clumps, near Main Street, south and north of the parking area. This area will be picked by ABRHS Seniors in 2014.

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