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Community plantings have always been the heart of
The Planting. This year we are concentrating on two
working bee sessions and we hope you can help with
at least one.
The majority of species this year have been chosen
based on their qualities of being good shade trees and
their suitability to the Woodfordia site.
Listen for the bell (rung 10 minutes before the start)
and gather to meet your hosts at the Bunya stage.
Don’t forget your hat, water bottle, sunscreen and very
importantly, gardening gloves and whatever gardening
tools (i.e . shovels) you have brought from home.
SATURDAY For the Saturday session everyone is invited
to head out to the Eastern bloc where we are planting
shade trees for future shade of the car park. This is a
family friendly area. As this is some distance you may
choose to take your car.
SUNDAY Sunday morning session we are dividing up
and focussing on 10 different areas. These include:
The walkway to the amphitheatre.
Overnight camping area where we will be creating
more shade and a forest on the hillside. This is family
Replacements in the Araucaria avenue.
Six rescue projects including the butterfly wetlands
and the bush food planting.
SOIL HEALTH USING MICROBE APPLICATION Over the
past 12 months, we have been trialing an application
of the bacillus microbe onto the soil around the trees
in the front carpark and overnight camping areas. This
removes residual chemicals and some heavy metals
and replenishes the soil’s natural soil biota. The flush of
growth on these trees is in response to its application.
CHEMICAL FREE WEED CONTROL A steam-weeding
machine was purchased and has been used over the
past 6 months around tree bases and other selected
areas. This plus regular mowing and mulching has seen
a steady decline of weeds in unwanted places.
WETLANDS PLANTING Planting of vital nutrient-
absorbing species is being undertaken throughout water
bodies and wetlands.
UNDERSTORY PLANTINGS Many of the planting areas
are at the canopy stage and ready to support a rich
diversity of understory species.
REVEGETATION OF WATERWAYS AND PONDS Planning
is underway to strengthen existing riparian zones and
create Lomandra barriers to inhibit weeds and cane toads.
WILDLIFE BOXES In 2013 there was an audit of the
boxes onsite, which included some minor maintenance.
Over 130 nest boxes are placed throughout the grounds
with an average 85% regular usage by a range of
species including possums, sugar gliders, squirrel
gliders, feather tail gliders, wood ducks, four species of
micro bats and tree snakes.
ORCHIDS This project has seen the placement of many
species of tree orchids, which are GPS coordinated.
BIRDS There have been over 200 species of birds
sighted and catalogued onsite. Numbers and species
diversity range has increased significantly since The
STAGE PLANTS This project involves the growth of
native species in pots to replace the non-native palms
used as stage plants during events.
WATER QUALITY Regular monitoring is vital to support
the health of so many of our environmental projects.
ARAUCARIA FORESTS As part of the project that
commenced in 2007, over 300 bunya parents took
home tube stock, which they grew and nurtured and
returned to be planted at Woodfordia.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN AND INVERTEBRATES PROJECT
There have now been at least 60 butterfly 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 butterfly wetlands.
BUSHFOOD PLANTINGS Bushfood plants are an
integral part of the Woodfordian environmental initiative.
This year, the bush foods team will be also focusing on
maintenance of the bush food areas at Woodfordia.
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 A club of passionate,
friendly folk who gather to care for 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 Pod.
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