Sunday 6 June, from 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm
Join your local ParkCare groups in celebrating World Environment Day 2010. The Friends of Mount Majura, the Mount Ainslie Weeders and the Watson Woodland Working Group will host a bush walk, talk and tea and warmly invite you to share in the progress of their work to protect the woodlands of our nature reserves.
The event will kick off at 1.00 pm at two meeting points (view this map):
Meet at Mount Ainslie nature park entrance at Phillip Avenue / Kellaway Street
Meet at the Roma Mitchell Crescent gate into the Justice Robert Hope Park in North Watson.
You will see how ParkCare volunteers enhance the bush environment and learn about the processes involved in revegetation.
You can then join in a gentle winter walk to our final stop at the National Tree Day 2009 planting site close to the Hackett reservoir off Rivett and French Streets on Mount Majura (car parking at Helms Pl off Rivett St).
Here you will be welcomed with afternoon tea and delicious cakes.
You can skip the walks and join us directly for afternoon tea and events at Mount Majura which will commence around 2.15pm.
You will discover how grazing impacts on the grassy woodlands at a near-by fence demonstration site, observe the results of the rabbit control in the area and see the difference between weeded and unweeded sites.
Local resident and ecologist Dr. Phillip Gibbons of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU will give an informative talk on how we can juggle the conservation of Canberra’s ancient trees with the risks they present to people and property.
Canberra’s large eucalypts are up to 600 years old. They were here well before the first European settlers and are effectively irreplaceable. Old trees represent critical habitat to much of our biodiversity, but are becoming increasingly rare in our urban and agricultural landscapes. Phil will discuss the values of our large trees, why they are disappearing in our managed landscapes and how we might conserve ancient trees while minimising risk to people and property.
For further information contact the local ParkCare Coordinator
PROGRAM OF EVENTS
Meet at 1pm
Mt Ainslie park entrance gate Phillip Ave/ Kellaway Street and view the re-vegetation work on the old Ainslie tip.
Justice Robert Hope Park gate at Roma Mitchell Crescent, North Watson and learn about the Watson Woodlands.
Walk at 1.30pm
from Mt Ainslie (2.4km) or from Watson Woodland (700m) to Mt Majura.
Afternoon tea at 2.15pm
Combine at lower Hackett reservoir off Rivett / French Streets (car park at Helms Place) for afternoon tea, talk and inspection of local conservation projects.
Conclusion at 3.30pm