National Tree Day planting on Mount Majura (29/07/2018)

Join the Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM) ParkCare group to celebrate National Tree Day 2018 on Sunday 29 July and help to transform a weedy degraded area next door to The Fair in North Watson into a grassy woodland home for native wildlife.

Planting holes will be dug prior to the event and water delivered so all we need are volunteers lending a hand to help with planting, watering and mulching the seedlings.

Mick Gentleman, Minister for the Environment will kick off the event at 1pm with a demonstration on “How to plant” .

When: Sunday 29 July 2018, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm; Volunteer registration opens at 12.45pm;
Where: Mount Majura nature reserve behind The Fair in North Watson; click on this map to view the planting area and the volunteer registration point;
Access park entrance intersection Tay St / Ian Nicol St close to the volunteer registration point or via nature park entrance Antill St roughly opposite Carotel for a 5-10 minutes walk to the planting site.
Car parking: along Antill Street opposite of Carotel; limited car parking space at The Fair and along Aspinall Street / Solstice.
Wear: Garden gloves, appropriate clothing and shoes, rug up warmly.
Bring: Trowel or small mattock if you have one;
please label your items with your phone number so that we can reunite any left-behinds with the owner.
Enjoy Timtams, cakes and hot drinks during the event to keep up energy levels.

Enquiries: e-mail, phone 6247 7515
Contact during event: 0435 357 172

This year’s event will be the 6th stage of an ambitious community planting project in the nature park east of The Fair that began in 2012. Volunteers replaced hundreds of  woody weeds with local native shrubs and trees to improve habitat for little woodland birds and planted native wildflowers that have been lost to the area.

The 2018 event will be 11th consecutive National Tree Day mass planting of trees, shrubs and wildflowers hosted by the Friends of Mount Majura in the nature reserve.

Native wattles and trees planted at The Fair

Mount Majura is home to an area of nationally endangered Yellow Box–Red Gum Grassy Woodland. Now rare outside of the ACT, this type of ecosystem supports a suite of precious plants and animals such as Hoary Sunray, Golden Sun Moth, Sugar Gliders and a range of declining woodland bird species. New and existing suburbs put significant pressures on local areas of ecological value such as Mount Majura. Lending a hand at events like National Tree Day is a great way to improve the health of these areas and provides opportunities for residents of The Fair and the surrounding suburbs of Watson and Hackett to learn about and better protect their local environment.

National Tree Day is held annually by Planet Ark which runs the Australian wide project to encourage mass tree plantings and to communicate the merit of trees.

Photographs on this page by Steve Bittinger; view more photos:

National Tree Day 2016

National Tree Day 2017

of Mount Majura

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