The last plant…. and lamingtons!
11 June 2016 | by Robyn Benken
Whoopee! Planting is finished for 2016. It has been a very busy patch getting 4000 local provenance seedlings in the ground over 7 weeks.
This past week we had an excellent Green Army team – a team of young people sign up for a 6 month period to work and to learn all sorts of skills at the same time. We were very fortunate as our team were committed, interested and hard working plus they had an excellent supervisor, Adeline. We planted almost 2000 seedlings over three days which would have taken our small group many more days to plant!
The first day was very chilly but we all planted enthusiastically at Cottesloe Native Garden. I love this site, which is a significant Spearwood dune system remnant with limestone ridge vegetation, unique in Cottesloe today. Pre-European grass trees and many other interesting local plant species grow at this special site. When Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers commenced work here 10 years ago, approximately 75% of the site was covered by the woody weed, Leptospermum laevigatum (Victorian teatree). Much of this dominant environmental weed has now been removed.
At Grant Marine Park we had a day of infill planting. Damage has been done to the dune areas by adults, children, dogs and rabbits…. but we will persist! A small lawn patch was growing in to the back of the site. Council switched off the reticulation and prepared the area for us to plant here.
CCA’s two Vlamingh area projects over the years have resulted in good revegetation following fencing and path creation. We planted another 600 seedlings in the area this week, particularly on the primary dune. Spinifex longifolius was the main species planted on the fragile and eroding front dune.