On Saturday, 20th June, five well prepared and very professional volunteers from the Conservation Volunteers Australia helped us to plant 50 Poa Labillardieri, 100 Rhagodia parabolica, 50 Correa glabra and 100 Lomandra longifolia
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We were joined by volunteers from the Conservation Volunteers Australia , on Saturday, the 20th June, 2009, from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. The planting location was along the Toolern Creek on Tamar Drive, between Yale and Raymond St, Melton South. A walking track and cycling path also run through this area.
When I got there, 5 volunteers from the Conservation Volunteers Australia - Kate Conslance, Doouon Spo, Kim Soojtn, Liu Qiao and Andy were planting Lomandra (Lomandra longifolia) adjacent to a stormwater drain that runs into the creek. A large number of Lomandra were planted in this area (probably over 50 plants). This group were well prepared and very professional in their planting work. We were glad to have them on board.
With the assistance of Cain and David Coffey, who were having great fun kicking their football down the slope and into the creek, retrieving it again from time to time, being careful not to step on any new plants. Lyn, Cain and David, and myself planted quite a number of saltbush (Rhagodia parabolica) and Correa (Correa glabra) on the slope near the stormwater pipe. We then moved up near the roadway and planted a series of Correas along an area that was covered with woodchips. The boys were very helpful in carting water up the hill with Lyn's specially designed roped buckets. Lyn provided great instruction to the young men in digging, handling seedlings and watering.
Orion and Catherine Meeson also provided valuable assistance planting 50 Poa Labillarderi along the creek line. All in all, the group planted 50 Poa Labillardieri, 100 Rhagodia parabolica, 50 Correa glabra 100 Lomandra longifolia . We were hoping some forecast rain would help consolidate these plants and were lucky to have got 1.6 mm on Sunday 21st June, and a further 2.4 mm on Sunday night into Monday (22nd June) morning.
Report by Lyn Holdsworth and Karl Hanes.