April 17th 2016 – Silurian Cliff planting

Planting: Silurian Cliff, 17 April 2016 (580 trees planted).

We are off to a great start for the year with a terrific turn out of 25+ dedicated volunteers. In two hours, we planted approx. 580 native trees and grasses, the first planting and restoration event for 2016.

We gathered at 1pm on Sunday April 17 at the stream bank grassland at the base of the Silurian Cliff. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time.

Hosted by FoEC and funded by Melbourne Water Community Grant (MWCG).


Project description

This project aims to expand upon the revegetation works at the Silurian cliff site undertaken by FoEC initially in 2009 and a number of subsequent site extensions undertaken on both the east and west banks of the creek in the following years. FoEC is funded to undertake further works at this site in early 2016 under the current MWCG and we are seeking to further enhance this area and consolidate the revegetation and maintenance on the site which will increase the viability of our projects and enhance protection of the existing asset. Site preparation has commenced for the 2016 planting which includes additional weed control efforts around the existing revegetation works.

This Silurian Cliff site has considerable habitat value, with seven remnant species identified in the area. One of these species, Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp connata, is the only remnant specimen found in the Moreland municipality. A mature River Red-gum is also located at the base of the cliff and provides good hollows previously used by nesting Red-rumped Parrots. 

Plants:

Scientific name Common name Quantity
Poa labillardierei Common Tussock Grass 216
Lomandra longifolia Spiny-headed Mat-rush 84
Goodenia ovata Hop Goodenia 8
Acacia melanoxylon Blackwood 4
Leptospermum lanigerum Woolly Tea Tree 6
Eucalyptus camaldulensis River Red Gum 4
Bursaria spinosa Sweet bursaria 6
Callistemon sieberi River bottlebrush 6
Melicytus dentatus Tree Violet 12
Dodonea viscosa Wedge-leaf Hop Bush 12
Acaena novae-zelandiae Bidgee Widgee 18
Acacia paradoxa Hedge Wattle 6

Want to see more photos?

Please visit our 2016 gallery page to see more highlights from the planting afternoon.

→ Please note: Our next planting will be held on Sunday 15th May. Join us for an enjoyable couple of hours planting with afternoon tea provided. For more calendar events, please visit our Calendar page.

FoEC planting April 17 Silurian Cliff