Recently over 20 landowners and landcare support staff from West Gippsland participated in a 9 week Master Tree Growers program. The program proved to be an amazing opportunity for all participants to increase their knowledge, engage with other like-minded people and develop ideas and actions for their own properties.
The second Phillip Island Landcare Group community tree planting event for 2018 is upon us. Following on from the success of the first tree planting event we encourage you to join us at this exciting event. If your interested in planting trees, meeting new people and sharing a well earned lunch then this event is for you.
Story from Isabel Rooks Year 9 Wonthaggi Secondary College.
The best part, for me, about helping at the Bunny Boiler Landcare dinner is the contented feeling I got when helping out with a cause that is greater than oneself.
The other best part was meeting the many wonderful people out there who are happy to help and do their part for the environment. Some of these people were a group of my friends and we became the Bunny Helpers for the night. Our jobs varied, covering the preparation, cashiers, waitresses and raffle masters. We all took up the roles gladly and wore our little pink bunny rabbit ears with pride.
The Bunny Boiler is an event held every year, this time at the North Pier Hotel.
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Story contributed by Libby Lambert, Springbank, Bena Victoria.
In 2000, we purchased a 32 ha. valley of ‘blue gum country’ at the top of the Powlett River catchment, in South Gippsland. The native floral biodiversity at that time existed of six mature eucalypts, some declining mature blackwoods, silver wattles, and a few native grasses along the tracks. The fauna consisted of quails, magpies, kookaburras, some migratory birds, a few reptiles and frogs, the Giant Gippsland worms on south and east facing slopes, burrowing crayfish, loads of eels in the dams, foxes and one hare. The Gippsland forest had been cleared in the late 1800’s and the land used for dairy farming then later as grazing for young heifers. In 2000, it had few weeds - blackberries, thistles, some ragwort and boxthorn in a steep gully, as well as some mature pine trees, weeping willows and five beautiful oak trees around the original house site. There was ample water in the dams with one large dam shown on the maps as ‘permanent water’.
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Holden Partnership Planting day
Come join the Bass Valley Landcare group and Holden staff on our first planting of the season on Friday the 29th of June. We will be planting 3000 plants at a beautiful property in Kernot. We also have the Bunurong Land Council giving us a cultural induction prior to planting. All volunteers will be treated to wood fired pizzas from the Kernot store for lunch. Please click here to register or click on the flier below for further details.
The first Phillip Island Landcare Group community tree planting event for 2018 is upon us. If your interested in planting trees, meeting new people and sharing a well earned lunch then this event is for you.
This article is contributed by the Gippsland Intrepid Landcare team.
On the last weekend in April, Gippsland Intrepid Landcare held their first ever Landcare retreat down at Sandy Point. Gippsland Intrepid Landcare are a volunteer based organisation and believe that we are all lucky to live within such a precious and beautiful region.
Gippsland Intrepid Landcare aims to connect young people (aged 18 to 35) to the incredible Gippsland environment, through real environmental projects and adventure. The weekend gave the opportunity for 23 young and inspiring individuals from all over Gippsland to get their hands dirty and make their ideas a reality.
Read on or click the read more link below to find out what they got up to...
We had a great day on Saturday 28th of April at Day 2 of the River Garden Hands on learning series of workshops. This one was on natural soil improvement and growing methods including plant stacking to make the most of space and provide healthy crops at all scales from garden to farm. You still have time to get involved in the last two days of this series, book your place by clicking on the link at the end of this article.
The take home message of the day was definitely ‘let the microbes sort it out!’...
Come along to our Healthy Soils, Sustainable Farms field day to learn about nutrients on dairy farms.
Glenn Marriott from Ag Challenge Consulting services will be our guest speaker. Glenn will facilitate a farm walk discussion on Andrew and Kerry’s property, discuss proposed effluent management system upgrades and cost benefit analysis for dairy properties.
The Wonthaggi Urban Landcare Group is one of four groups in the Bass Coast Landcare Network to receive funding from the WGCMA to undertake bird monitoring. On the 23rd of May 2018 local bird expert Dallas Wyatt will lead a bird watching morning at the Wonthaggi Wetlands, and explain the monitoring technique used by Bird Life Australia.
For location details and timing please refer to the attached flier (click to enlarge)
It would be great to see you there.
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