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2009 saw the introduction of specifc, individual site
environment projects on the land. we predicted a steep
learning curve and positive environmental change, and
the working bees and learning opportunities that have
been generated are living up to that statement. still, we
know that we can do better.
Currently a site-planting guide is being drafted. This
plan will divide the site into ‘Land use areas’ and help
quantify environmental management strategies, and
dictate how and when we proceed within each zone.
These environmental strategies will spotlight the
ecological integrity of the different land use areas within
the site, and uphold and enhance their values on the
ground to ensure that woodfordia continues to develop
as an environmental people’s park.
The QFF are again calling on potential leaders who can
help undertake interesting and diverse site projects
throughout the year. If you are interested please come to
the session at 8.45AM saturday at The Bunya stage.
neW enVirOnmental prOJeCtS FOr 2010
WaSte Water planting The planting of waste-fltering
plants at the time of the wastewater treatment plant’s
construction has been hugely successful. It is now time
to extend the reaches of these vital nutrient-absorbing
SOil COnSerVatiOn By identifying our soils, we can
improve the soil conservation practices at woodfordia.
This process includes mapping the soils on the site and
identifying areas vulnerable to soil erosion and those
areas with poorer soil quality, which in turn helps with
plant species selection.
unDerStOry plantingS Many of the planting areas are at
the canopy stage and ready to support a rich diversity of
re-VegetatiOn OF WaterWayS anD pOnDS Planning for
strengthening existing riparian zones and creating
Lomandra barriers to inhibit weed and cane toad
Cane tOaD eraDiCatiOn new ways are being explored to
eliminate this feral pest.
FrOg pOnDS Looking at what makes a healthy
environment for the native frog and progressively
implementing these aspects across the site.
natiVe BeeS we are investigating how we support,
enhance and identify all the needs of the native bee.
CruStaCeanS Plans are being made to set traps monthly
to monitor the numbers and species diversity that is in
alternatiVe metHODS tO CHemiCalS As maintenance
is a core issue on the woodfordia grounds, the use of
herbicides is a very important one. How do we maintain
weed control while decreasing our chemical use?
Stage plantS A trial has just begun to grow on native
species in pots to replace the non-native palms used as
stage plants during festival events.
BOnSai This particular form of ancient pruning is being
applied to a few select native plants to create living
showpieces for high profle areas during the festival.
BamBOO This is a much used and versatile building
material on site that is being grown in 3 different areas
with a view to one day harvesting it for use.
WilDliFe BOxeS Over 120 nest boxes are placed
throughout the grounds with an average 85% regular
usage by a range of species including possums, gliders,
wood ducks, micro bats and tree snakes.
OrCHiDS This project saw the placement of many species
of tree orchids last year, all of which have a GPs co-
CyCaDS anD palmS This project began last year with
native cycads being introduced into the understory
BirDS There have been over 200 species of birds sighted
and catalogued on site. numbers and species diversity
range has increased signifcantly since The Planting
Water Quality regular monitoring is vital to support the
health of so many of our environmental projects.
arauCaria FOreSt Last year many bunyas were
returned from their caring bunya parents after a 2-year
stewardship, to begin our Bunya Forest. Once again,
everyone will be asked to take home a bunya to continue
ButterFly garDen anD inVerteBrateS prOJeCt There
have now been at least 60 butterfy host species planted
over the years by a group of dedicated people. whilst
some of the species are distributed across the site, the
majority are planted along the welcome walk and in the
BuSH FOOD plantingS anD trailS Bush food plants are an
integral part of the woodfordian environmental initiative.
Join the team to see what has been achieved, then be
inspired to join in with planting and maintenance projects.
WOODFOrDia WeeDing This project has successfully
controlled many species of weeds, but there is always
one to take its place – that is the nature of weeds.
Joining this project will give people an education of
plants like no other. This is a hugely important project
that is ever evolving.
WOODFOrDia tree-HuggerS woodfordia Tree-huggers visit
woodfordia on the last sunday of every month. Many
arrive on saturday evening for song and merriment,
camp over and join the working bee on sunday
mornings. These working bees are made up of people
on special projects or general maintenance work and
they have achieved much over the years. To join the
Tree-huggers enquire at The Planting reception.
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