A great planting today with favourable Autumn weather and in some parts, challenging terrain. 48 of us planted 540 plants which was a terrific effort.
This project aims to extend and enhance the stream bank shrubland plantings undertaken by FoEC since 2012 at the Caravan Park site. FoEC has completed three Melbourne Water Community Grant projects at this site, however weed species have been predominant in this area (Source: B.J. Bainbridge, J.M. Bush & Faithfull, 1998.Moreland Remnant Vegetation Assessment – prepared for Moreland City Council by the Merri Creek Management Committee) and further revegetation works will enhance the existing asset created at the site. In 2013 FoEC secured Department of Sustainability and Environment support for a 2014 project protecting remnant vegetation at the site; works have now been completed on this project. FoEC’s 2013-15 MW funded projects on the site targeted a lower escarpment area. The proposed project will in-fill and extend the planting along the upper escarpment area. An extension of an additional circular planting at this site to link with an adjoining established tree planting is proposed and will further enhance habitat value at the site. We are currently funded for works on this site in 2017 and are seeking to expand and consolidate the site through the provision of additional maintenance activities at the site.
This site has a number of identified significant remnant specimens including River Red Gum, Yellow Box, Sweet Bursaria, Purple Tree Violet, Weeping Grass, Lomandra filiformis and Danthonia species (Source: B.J. Bainbridge, J.M. Bush & Faithfull, 1998. Moreland Remnant Vegetation Assessment – prepared for Moreland City Council by the Merri Creek Management Committee). Additional areas of remnant Lomandra were identified and subsequently protected during brush cutting of the area planted during our 2014 DSE project.
Our previous works on the site incorporated design elements to increase the likelihood of self-seeding of the remnant species at the site including Red Gum, Sweet Bursaria and Purple Tree Violet. All species have now set seed and we have witnessed excellent self-seeding on the site by the remnant specimens. Further, Poa labillardiereiintroduced as part of the revegetation works are also now successfully seeding into the mulched area at this site.
Plant List for Caravan Park Site 2017
|Scientific name||Common name||Quantity|
|Bursaria spinosa spp macrophylla||Sweet Bursaria||10|
|Austrodanthonia caespitosa||Common Wallaby-grass||30|
|Austrostipa elegantissima||Feather Spear-grass||20|
|Callistermon sieberi||River Bottlebrush||6|
|Dianella longifolia||Pale Flax-lily||20|
|Eucalyptus camaldulensis||River Red-gum||5|
|Einadia nutans||Climbing Saltbush||10|
|Goodenia ovata||Hop Goodenia||5|
|Leptospermum lanigerum||Woolly Tea-tree||6|
|Lomandra longifolia||Spiny-headed Mat-rush||54|
|Poa labillardierei||Common Tussock Grass||162|
|Wahlenbergia communis||Tufted Bluebell||10|