A total of 521 seedlings were planted at Sue and Joel King’s property, by 17 Strath Creek Landcarers (adults) and seven juniors in 2 and 1/2 hours on a windswept slope, slippery with capeweed. Another three Landcarers were doing a fantastic job of catering, which in this case meant gourmet pizzas in the wood fired pizza oven! Joel and Sue now have 20 seedlings left to plant out of 1,000 allocated to this site by the Strath Creek Biodiversity Project. In September, the ridge top will be mechanically direct seeded.
Stakes and guards were recycled from revegetation projects the King’s have undertaken in previous years. This slope will now benefit from the fencing previously completed by the Project to lock out stock. The only browsing animals now present are the local Kangaroos. With a bit of capeweed control where possible over the next few weeks, the struggling remnant wallaby grass should begin to recover and form a good cover on the ridge top.
One of the values of this site is it’s visibility factor to other Strath Creek residents and tourist traffic. Hopefully as the vegetation grows, it will inspire others to plan their own environmental restoration projects.
To this account of the day, Sue King adds:
One of the reasons the planting went so well was the preparation prior to and on the day. Steve and Heather Joblin both set out the trees, the guards and stakes on the morning of the planting. Joel assisted in this as well. Prior to the day Joel augured holes for the seedlings so everything was set when the planters arrived. Great day and thank you. Susan King
Species that went in to this site included;
Broad leaf peppermint
Narrow leaf peppermint
Long leaf Box
Purple Coral Pea
Pale Flax lily
Black anther flax lily
Large leaf bush pea
Narrow leaf bitter pea
Narrow leaf hop bush
Gold dust wattle