Woodend Landcare August News: Quarry Rd Working Bee this Sunday!

August Working Bee: planting at Quarry Rd Rail Reserve

We will be planting 30 native shrubs and trees; cutting and painting emerging woody weeds – gorse, broom, blackberry – in one of Woodend’s premier wildflower locations. Morning tea provided. All welcome.

When: Sunday 25 August 2019
Time: 9:00am–12pm
Where: Quarry Rd Rail Reserve (near Washington Lane)
Park: Washington Lane (works vehicles only on reserve)
Bring: own gloves, secateurs; tool trailer on site
For further details and to RSVP contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com20190819_204916

Where have all the Greater Gliders gone?

Saturday, 31 August 2019 | 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM |Newham Mechanics Institute

Join the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network and Macedon Ranges Shire Council for a special talk to end the Spotlight on Species project. Hear from experts about why the once plentiful Greater Glider is in decline and what you can do to help.

Click here to book

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September is Biodiversity Month – help us celebrate nature!

September is always a busy time for Woodend Landcare. Help us celebrate and take care of our beautiful natural environment at one or more of the following local events…

Landcare in the Library – 2-7 September

Every year, the first full week in September is the time to recognise the efforts of the 100,000+ volunteers who dedicate their valuable time to care for our treasured land, water and native Aussie species. In Woodend, we celebrate Landcare Week in the library. This year our display has the theme, ‘Birds of Woodend’. You can learn to recognise some of the more common native birds found around Woodend and what you can do to encourage more native birds in your backyard.

On Wednesday 4 September (4-5pm), Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Woodend Library will also host a Biodiversity Show and Tell for junior naturalists (5-10 years). Click here to book or call 5421 9660.
National Threatened Species Day – Saturday 7 September

9-12pm: Woodend Landcare at the Farmers Market
Come and visit Woodend Landcare volunteers at our stall at the Farmers Market. Find out how you can get involved in Landcare or some tips on improving nature on your property.

2-3pm: All about Black Gums – tour of Browning Street Reserve
Tour one of Council’s newest bushland reserves, which contains nationally threatened Black Gums – right in the heart of Woodend. Learn how to identify a Black Gum and the important role they have in the local environment. Click here to book or call 5421 9660.

September Working Bee – 9am, Sunday 22 September

Our September Working Bee will be held at the Trees for Mum site next to and opposite the Woodend Children’s Park. We need lots of volunteers to help us tidy up the site including removing any oak regrowth in the planted native grasses. Tools and morning tea provided.

Launch of the Flora of the Macedon Ranges booklet – 2-3.30 pm, Sunday 29 September

Councils new bushwalkers guide to the flora of the Macedon Ranges is out. The launch includes drinks and a walk along Five Mile Creek using the new guide to identify plants. Meet at Lake Earnshaw, at the top of Jeffreys Street, Woodend. Click here to book or call 5421 9660. You can grab a copy of this excellent guide in the Woodend Library.



Woodend Landcare AGM

Landcare’s annual general meeting is on 20th July, 1:30pm at Woodend Neighbourhood House. Are you looking to get more involved in the community and Landcare? We are looking for some new members with enthusiasm and ideas to join our committee! If you like to know more send emails or expressions of interest to woodendlandcare@gmail.com

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Following the meeting at 2pm will be:


Join us for a discussion on the role of bees in the environment and how to attract them to your garden. Presented by Sara & David Gormley-O’Brien of Woodend Bee-Friendly Society. Afternoon tea to follow. All welcome.

RSVP to woodendlandcare@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

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May news

Last working bee for the season

Our last Sunday working bee for the Summer/Autumn season will be on the 26th of May from 9am till 12pm. The location is Slatey Creek Reserve, 1.4 km from the traffic lights along Ashbourne Road. This reserve is mostly managed by nearby residents and our Landcare group helps out every twelve to eighteen months with weed control mainly.

There are some smaller gorse bushes, blackberries and Hawthorns to deal with, some plant guard maintenance/removal and a check for any rubbish. The work at this reserve is generally easier than some sites along Five Mile Creek and a good turnout enables most of the area to be gone over in one working bee.

Bring along gloves, secateurs, eye protection, sturdy footwear and suitable full length clothing. Morning tea is provided. Parking is along the No Through Road within the reserve. This is a pleasant area to work in so we hope to see you there.

Please note there will be no Sunday working bees in June and July and we will resume again on the fourth Sunday in August. We’ll still be sending out our monthly news and over the next few months , we’ll have the spotlight turned on some of our Landcare members, sharing their gardens with you and inspiring you with ideas and important things to think about.


Other events coming up

Do you even know what a macropod is? Then this may be the event for you! Saturday 1st June 2pm – 3.15pm at Bald Hill Reserve, Kyneton Dr Graeme Coulson will be presenting:

‘The Secret Life of Macropods.”

Dr. Graeme Coulson is an Honorary Principal Fellow at Melbourne University in the School of BioSciences, Zoology Department.


Bookings required 

RSVP by Thursday 30 May Numbers limited

Enquiries: Carolyn Robb Email kynetonfobhr@gmail.com Mobile 0439080952


April’s news

Hope you’ve had a great Easter! if you’re needing to work off some of your Easter eggs, we would love to see you at our next working bee this Sunday, 28th April!


When: Sunday 28 April 2019 

Time: 9:00am–12pm 

Where: Five Mile Creek, end of Samuel Court 

Park: Tennyson St, southern end; or Five Mile Ck Reserve 

Bring: gloves, sturdy footwear; secateurs; tool trailer on site 

What: cutting and painting emerging woody weeds in a nicely revegetated area alongside the walking track. Excellent morning tea provided. 

Locals and non-members very welcome. For further details contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com or call 5427 2312. 

March news

It’s been a dry summer, now that Autumn has rolled around it will be a relief to get some cooler weather and hopefully some rain. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times in the Macedon Ranges and a great time to get out in your own garden. Feel free to let us know what you’re up to in your garden in the comments section below!

Our next Sunday working bee on March 24th will be held at the Quarry Rd rail reserve to further enhance the wildflowers that appear along here each Spring. We will be working once again on the section which has the best biodiversity and need to remove the remaining  broom and other woody weeds which are a threat to this site.

Wear sturdy footwear and full length protective clothing and bring gloves, eye protection, secateurs, loppers and maybe a kneeling pad. The Landcare trailer will be on site and morning tea is provided. A good turnout will get us close to finishing the tidy up of this important site, if you needed an incentive there will be hot cross buns for morning tea! Park in Washington Lane and carefully cross Quarry Rd to access the works area. (We need to limit parking on the reserve to works vehicles only). A briefing will be held at 9am.



Spotlight walk

Would you like the chance to see a greater glider? The next spotlight walk coming up is 27th April in Spring Hill. Book here

Chook workshop

Raising chickens! Ever longed for the joy of fresh eggs and great fertiliser?! Join Piper’s Creek Landcare for a workshop on small-scale, backyard chicken-raising. Kyneton District Poultry Club will provide specialist assistance. A range of actual chickens will be there too!! 🐔 🐓

$5 entry or $10 per family (including a copy of The Chook Book manual) 

Sunday 24 March 11.30 am 2019
Kyneton Showgrounds
Sausage sizzle at noon
More info piperscreeklandcare@gmail.com or 0448 401 372 rsvp by 20th March