Enhance your community by planting native shrubs near Forest Creek
This year we'll be working at Moonlight Creek, where it crosses Happy Valley Road. A short section of the creek (north of the road) has been groomed to remove gorse, blackberry and other weeds. We have 600 plants to put in the ground, which will help cover the soil and discourage weeds from regrowing. This work helps to join Forest Creek to the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, providing a continuous biolink with Moonlight and Forest Creeks.
As usual on National Tree Day there won’t be a morning tea but instead an early lunch (free) for volunteers provided by the Castlemaine Lions Club, consisting of homemade soup, sausages, bread and fruit. Tea,coffee and water are also provided.
Signs will be erected indicating where you can park. Please wear strong boots as there is uneven ground, wear warm clothes and bring a raincoat if the weather is doubtful.
Please bring planting tools such as a spade or a hand mattock, and mash hammers for the stakes, if you have them. Tools will be available for those who don't have their own. If you bring your own tools, please label them or colour code them so they don't go missing.
The following tips are important to note:
- Plant deeply and press down well – it helps moisture retention and plants being tugged out by rabbits.
- Don’t put stakes too close to the grasses (Grasses GROW!)
- Leave tubes on top of stake to indicate they need to be watered in – then remove after watering.