Spring began well with a very productive working bee at Apex Park. We completed some effective weed control and mowing and replaced stakes in our tree planting. Of course landholders are still able to work at home and will have no shortage of tasks to keep them occupied. All our other plans are on hold and our Mill Site helpers are not able to come either.
John has managed to clear the fallen trees from tracks with a little help. The cooler weather has some advantages as the weeds won’t be growing as quickly and although the grass does need mowing it is not too bad. As restrictions ease we hope to get working bees running. We have welcomed a number of new members this year and that is encouraging. Benefits of being part of a Landcare Group work two ways. 1. Members gain information about the local environment and learn how the organisation can help individual land holders protect the environment and make the land better. They can get practical help and knowledge from other locals and access to expertise. 2. The community benefits as we preserve habitat, protect the environment and work together to improve the local area. It is satisfying to see trees you have planted as tiny tubes mature. Some of the areas
we have revegetated over the past ten years while I have been in the group are really looking good now. One of the first plantings I was involved with was the corner of Morwell River Road, Bastin Street and the highway where the road had been redirected. We were literally digging holes through road base, it was hard work and we wondered whether the trees would survive. Now that those trees have grown and filled the triangle it is a big transformation and I can say I planted some of those trees. There are areas along the Rail Trail and in many other places around town which are more diverse and a better habitat for our animals as a result of our work. National Tree Day in June has always been a time for us to get planting because we can access free trees. Buying tube stock and tree guards is expensive and so when sponsors like Engie come on board there are big benefits.
We have been fortunate over the years to have help from FRRR, Mirboo North and District Community Bank, Latrobe City and others because while we can provide the labour we need equipment and consumables to get the projects done. It all costs money and without grants we would not get far; we are continually grateful for the support we have received.
We are looking forward to being more productive as the restrictions ease.