This morning when I woke there was 5-6 people in the bush across the road in front of our house and they looked to be pulling weeds. They had no rubbish bags and to me it just seems a bizarre thing to be doing.
The bush is vast and I don't see the logic in doing a tiny section.
A part of me wonders if they were doing it to see when ppl in the street leave in the mornings.
There are always landcare volunteers doing things like that around here - yes the bush is vast, but they might have started near the houses as that is often where the garden escapee weeds are at their most virulent.
Also doing it where people can see you reminds others that keeping our bush weed free is a good idea and you often get extra helpers.
Pulling weeds? Could be they're removing weeds deemed hazardous to the bush land but no rubbish bags? I find that suss too. Never hurts to put in a call to your local police station. (You call the local station number, not triple 0)
So what were they doing with the weeds? Just throwing on the ground? Piling them in a heap? Tying in bundles?
Edilble weeds. We often can see people picking weeds at the side of the road in our area. But it's specific weed..
Or there is a weed, a type of nettle that is used in the cut flower industry.
DH used to get permission of farmers to go pick it. We are in the cut flower industry.
Was there behaviour odd op? Where they paying attention to homes more than 'the work'? If it was from the council or land care organization they would be wearing fluro tops as a work safety requirement.
If not then its private thing.
So just keep an eye out if you think their beaviiour is suss but there could be legitimate reasons for picking weeds.
I would pop over with some cold drinks for them and tell them what a great job they're doing. If they're legit they will appreciate it, and if they're 'scoping' the street they will know that they have been seen and are identifiable and probably move on.
My DH or the neighbor would have been out there asking them what they were doing straight away. If they have a genuine reason you will know and if you think it sounds dodgy you can write down the license plate of their vehicle.
We had weird stuff happen in our street when there were people dealing drugs from a house in the neighborhood. Everytime something seemed weird it was and someone was looking for a car or house to rob or driving stolen cars.
They still could be landcare as there is no uniform, I am in a few landcare groups and I just wear whatever I like.
Usually we don't take the weeds elsewhere for disposal, most weeds you can leave hanging on bushes or trees (so they can't reroot), unless they have seed heads, which we do remove for disposal. There are a very few weeds that you can just pull up and leave on the ground, and they won't reroot. We try to minimise what goes into landfill.
Landcare is primarily volunteers, but usually there is a supervisor (although not always).
Of course they may not be landcare, but it is possible.