VOLUNTEERING

planting-crewVOLUNTEERS are always welcome.  Please use the form below if you’d like to come and play on our hills.  Previous volunteer efforts have helped us do much more than  we would otherwise have been able to, and definitely enjoy it more! There are also some limited paid opportunities.

2021 PLANTING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

JAN-MAR 2021

WILLOW CONTROL – in recent years feral willows have been spreading along the river, and we have been working to reduce their numbers ( a splashy job for hot weather)

MAR-MAY 2021

COVER STRIPPING – after the main summer heat, previous years’ plots are checked for growth of the trees and shrubs.  Those  trees that are large enough have their covers and stakes pulled and recycled for this year’s use. This year for the first time we’ll also be removing the water-catching corflute discs to re-use as well.

MAY-SEP 2021

PLANTING – we will finish a strip on Adnamira we ran out of plants for, then move over to Esdale to do 20 small triangles (tree clusters) around our Box Gum woodland, plus a windbreak running up to join the same Box Gum area.  If we have leftovers, we’ll add some more to the 2016 Esdale windbreak.  I doubt we’ll have any replanting to do this year, as 2020’s seedling are bursting along really well.

SEP 2021-MAY 2022

WEED CONTROL – controlling the planted areas for noxious weeds including St John’s Wort, blackberry, African Lovegrass, horehound, mullein weed, and saffron thistle.  It’s a great opportunity to see what else is growing, including lovely native wildflowers and grasses, as well as the trees themselves.  In some cases, where there are precious understorey plants, we use hand-grubbing techniques, in others, sprays.

If you’d like to join our wonderful team please contact using the form below.

For planting – bring sturdy boots and trousers.  Dress in layers as Canberra weather can be chilly in the morning but bright and sunny by midday.  The grass may be wet.  Gloves are a good idea if you don’t want to get your hands dirty.  If you have equipment such as mattocks or garden trowels, that’s useful too.

 We do civilized half days with volunteers, from 9am until 2pm to allow for watering.  We will provide a morning snack, and lunch within that time.   

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