Spinifex longifolius (Beach Spinifex) is our most important primary dune sand stabilising plant. It’s spreading root network helps hold the sand and protects the dunes during winter storms.
CCA’s planting season was a busy two months. We start planting each year in the first week of May as we find seedling survival rates on the Cottesloe foreshore are highest with this plan.
We had a great team from Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) join us on Tuesday to get the last of our 4000 plants in the ground this year. Mike is showing them our “deep hole” planting technique and the team got on with the job with gusto.
This year we have 4000 seedlings all grown from local provenance seed (which was collected and cleaned by our volunteers). Two nurseries have grown the plants for us and Town of Cottesloe have paid for the plants.
After two weeks of intensive planting in May and June we now have 3,500 new plants in our natural areas. We had some terrific help from Conservation Volunteers Australia, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Rio Tinto and for the first time the Green Army. The extra hands meant we could achieve so much more.
It has been long and hot summer but as you can see from the photos, Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers keep busy. There is seed to collect – some big seed heads such as the Spinifex longifolius are not difficult to gather but as you can see in the photo of the Conostylis candicans that their seeds are very tiny indeed.
Coastcare for Singles’ was great fun and an extraordinary effort by more than 30 people in the rain and wind on the central Cottesloe foreshore.
Many thanks to Chez Scalise for this blog post and to all the great team from PwC. For some volunteers from the PwC team, we were returning to back to the same site where we helped the incredible team at the Cottesloe Coastcare Association, and for others it was a new opportunity to help the Association in their mission to preserve the local ecosystem.
Cottesloe Coastcare Association (CCA) volunteers and the North Metropolitan Coastcare Officer Kate Sputore were delighted to welcome volunteer Master Gardeners and M.G’s mentor, Bob Dixon (Manager of Biodiversity and Extensions, Kings Park and Botanic Garden) to Cottesloe, on Tuesday 13th November.
Spring time is weeding time for Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers and we have been hard at work. Despite the very poor rain this past winter, the rain received was distributed over a long period and perhaps this is the reason that every weed species seems to be doing extra well this year!
Following a successful day with the Cottesloe Coast Care team a few weeks prior, 27 new fresh faced volunteers from PwC set out to emulate the achievements of the mighty “A1 Planting Team”.
Our planting season is going really well – particularly so because of the fantastic teams we had join us last week – Conservation Volunteers Australia (sponsored by Woodside – thank you Woodside!), the V Gang from UWA and a fantastic team from Pricewaterhouse Coopers.