Wildflowers Working Bee: 23 September
Our next Sunday working bee is on the 23rd of September from 9am till 12 pm in the Landcare protected wildflower zone on the railway reserve near the intersection of Quarry Rd and Washington Lane. This area is arguably one of the best examples of wildflowers within Woodend.
Our Landcare group has erected signage at this site to minimise mowing to an access track. This will enable the numerous lillies, orchids, herbaceous perennials and grasses to thrive. We are also protecting the existing shrubs and emerging tree seedlings.
Last Spring we had a successful working bee at this same location but there is still more to be done. Tasks include removing some non indigenous shrubs and lots of woody weed removal of predominantly broom. These weeds are threatening the existing indigenous vegetation.
Please join us to lend a hand and learn about the biodiversity of this site and why incorrect mowing practices are such a threat.
The site is accessible by parking in Peter Godden Drive or Washington Lane. Parking on the reserve will be limited to works vehicles only. Bring gloves, eye protection, suitable clothing and secateurs, loppers and pruning saws. Look for the Landcare blue trailer. Morning tea is provided.
For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Newcomers are most welcome.
Take a walk with the wildflowers: 6 October
Explore the wonders of wildflowers in full bloom with a guided walk through the Woodend Grassland Reserve on Saturday 6 October from 2pm to 4pm.
Renowned for its rich diversity of herbs, lilies and orchids, the Woodend Grassland Reserve is considered to be the most significant area of natural grassland vegetation in the region, boasting a number of rare species within it.
Central Victorian botanist and ecologist Paul Foreman, who has over 20 years’ experience in land management and nature conservation, will lead the walk. Highlights likely to include Slender Sun Orchids, Flax Lilies, Parrot Peas, and the Nationally Endangered Matted-flax Lily.
The Woodend Grassland Reserve is located next to Buffalo Stadium at 1 Forest Street, Woodend.
This free event is a partnership between Council and Woodend Landcare and being held to coincide with National Biodiversity Month.
For more information or to book, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/environment-events or call 5421 9660.
Woodend Primary Junior Landcare Biodiversity Grant Success!
Congratulations to Woodend Landcarer and local parent Nicole Middleton and her team of budding young gardeners for their successful application for a Junior Landcare Biodiversity Grant. The $4700 grant will see the upgrade the Woodend Primary School Community Children’s Garden and establishment of a indigenous plant border.
Bunnings and the Woodend Men’s Shed have already pitched in to make new raised garden beds pictured below. The new funds will cover supplies to improve the plant propagation area and an indigenous garden with educational plaques. Woodend Landcare will assist with ordering plants, equipment and the planting day in September 2019.
Nicole runs a Kids Garden Club every Monday lunch time. The 40 keen students who attend have already helped prepare the indigenous garden with newspaper and wood chips. They’re excited by the fact that they’re creating habitat for wildlife.
Get involved in platypus distribution mapping
As a result of recent successful funding the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network (UCLN) is embarking upon a one year project to map platypus distribution on the Upper Campaspe Catchment on the Campaspe and Coliban Rivers in conjunction with the Australian Platypus Conservancy.
Simple things that make a big differnce
Our Landcare Week library display this year has the theme: “simple things can make a big difference to our native plants and animals”. Budding junior landcarer and St Ambrose Primary student, Anna Moloney made these posters to help us spread the word. The display will be available through the school holidays. A huge thanks to Lulu from Woodend Library for being so supportive of our group.
Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat Macedon Ranges
Who: the leadership retreat is open to anyone* aged 18 – 35 years, who is up for making a difference and having some fun doing it.*Please note that priority will be given to young people residing in the Macedon Ranges Shire.
When: 6pm Friday 26 October to 5pm Sunday 28 October 2018
Is This For Me?
- Are you between 18 and 35 years, have an interest or already involved in environmental conservation and land management activities?
- Keen to take that interest to the next level?
- Curious about what is already happening across the Macedon Ranges and surrounding region, and love meeting new people? Then YES. This is for you!
Note: this retreat is being hosted by Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network and supported by Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
A final note
Don’t forget to show your support for the protection of Wombat Forest from logging. Click here for more info.