May 15th 2016 – Caravan Park Site planting

Another great planting for FoEC with 35 hardy volunteers planting 380 plants in 2 hours!

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


Project description

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 two MWCG 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 and 2014 MW funded projects on the site targeted a lower escarpment area and the proposed project will in-fill and extend the planting along the lower escarpment area. Additional spot planting of bank binding species (including Callistermon sieberi and Leptospermum lanigerum) will be undertaken downstream of the escarpment to enhance bank stability and provide shading of the creek to enhance water quality.

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). Remnant Lomandra have been identified during brush cutting of the area planted during our 2014 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 labillardierei introduced as part of the revegetation works are also now successfully seeding into the mulched area at this site.

Plant List for Caravan Park Site 2016

Scientific name Common name Quantity
Acaena novae-zelandiae Bidgee-Widgee 10
Acacia melanoxlyn Blackwood 5
Acacia implexa Lightwood 5
Bursaria spinosa spp macrophylla Sweet Bursaria 10
Austrodanthonia caespitosa Common Wallaby-grass 30
Austrostipa elegantissima Feather Spear-grass 20
Callistermon sieberi River Bottlebrush 14
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 12
Lomandra longifolia Spiny-headed Mat-rush 54
Poa labillardierei Common Tussock Grass 150
Wahlenbergia communis Tufted Bluebell 10
  TOTAL 378

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

 

June 2011

Hello again Members and friends,

I wanted to make a note of thanks to those volunteers who joined us on Sunday. We were able to achieve a total of just over 600 plants! (though a couple of hundred or so were juncus asitatus plugged straight into the creek bank). A great day for the creek!

I would like to note the fabulous efforts of Rob “Stock” Burnett, our works manager who is literally pushing through the pain barrier to enable us to get our materials on site and be so organised when everyone arrives on site.

A quick note about our July event, the joint planting with Friends of Edwardes Lake, Darebin City Council and MCMC at Edwardes Lake. I can confirm that the time is 1-3 PM – the calendar has the time as TBA. The planting will be on the west side of the lake, close to the spill way and opposite the hotel.

Kind regards,
David.

October 2010

Our final planting for 2010 resulted in more than 400 indigenous plants in the ground including Poas, Lomandras, Callistemons, Goodenias, and Allocasuarinas. This was the second planting for this site in 2010 and extended an established gooseneck meander planting site up a precariously steep bank. This planting site was painstakingly prepared by our dedicated works manager, president and past president to ensure the plants got off to the best possible start. Over 40 friends, including those of the canine species contributed to this amazing result.

Check out the photos at our new gallery page!. You may even spot yourself! Make sure to check back to the galleries often as it will be updated frequently. Feel free to send in your own pics, details are on the gallery page.

Our next event is weeding at the gooseneck meander site, see box to the right of the page for details. Weeding is a really important activity for the FOEC plants as it allows them to get a good start without greedy weeds stealing all their sunlight, nutrients and water. It also ensures friends’ blood, sweat and beers during the planting months are not wasted 😉

A big thanks to all the friends who have participated in FoEC activities so far this year and welcome to anyone who is considering joining us at future events, did I mention that there is afternoon tea involved?