Working bee to collect seed of local Hakea.
Our Lewis Drive precinct project will start revegetation work soon!
The changing climate means we need to make an early start because spring rainfall is so unreliable. We’re going to direct sow shrubs on some rises that have very shallow soil and poor moisture holding capacity.
One of the species that is well suited to the site is our local Hakea (Hakea decurrens or Bushy Needlewood). As the needlewood name implies, it has prickly leaves, so it’s a wonderful habitat plant for the small birds such as Red-browed finches that need protective foliage for shelter or nesting. Luckily the Hakeas retain the seed in their hard woody fruits, so we’re going to harvest some seed ourselves next Sunday.
It’s a very slow job to collect the fruits without harming the plants (or hurting oneself!) so we’re wondering if you can help. It will take an hour or so in the morning.
It would be handy if you can bring your own secateurs and thick gloves. We can supply collecting bags in which to collect the fruits.
You’ll need to wear sturdy footwear, clothes and a hat suitable for the weather.
We’ll meet at the end of Honeycomb Rd at 9:00 AM Sunday the third of April and squash into the minimum number of vehicles to travel closer to the Hakea patch. The patch is a population of mature Hakeas that were re-established by direct sowing in 1992.
Don’t forget daylight saving ends Sunday April 3rd at 3:00 AM, so 9:00 AM won’t feel so early!