On a mainly sunny day, 38 Friends of Darebin Creek and local volunteers with organization from three Darebin Bush Crew members planted 550 plants at the Bell Street South site near Darebin Creek. The high turnout of both members and local residents – especially the high number of children present, was very encouraging.
The Bell Street South area was badly scarred by a deliberately lit fire on a 42°C total fire ban day in February 2014, 18 months ago. With much good work post the fire from the Banyule Bush Crew and many volunteers, the burnt area and surrounds have been extensively cleaned up and mulched. 1827 plants have been planted over two community working bees in June and this one in August, along with some planting by corrections Victoria. .
The main species planted during this working bee were Common Tussock Grass – Poa lab, Spiny-headed Mat-Rush – Lomandra longifolia, Spreading Flax-lily – Dianella admixta, Hop Goodenia – Goodenia ovata, Sticky Boobialla – Myoporum petiolatum and Yarra Burgan – Kunzea leptospermoides.
The cuppa, biscuits and snacks well down well at the end of the event. Thanks to the FoDC members who came along and for the support of the Banyule Bushcrew.
Robert Key Stone