Restoring the old Coalville Road section

Communities for Nature grant

As part of a Communities for Nature grant we received from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, we have been working on the old Coalville Road section of the Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve.

These grants are aimed at practical community action and, in our case, we’ve learned a lot about an integrated approach to weed management. This has been through a workshop we attended in December last year, a management report with a guiding framework prepared by consultants Alison Oates and Doug Frood, and on-the-ground action in this small section of the Reserve orphaned from the rest by the installation of Coalville Road.

New plantings and taking out weeds

With the change to autumn, there has been a lot of weed removal – ivy, broom, pittosporum, cotoneaster, montbretia, arum lily and many others – and revegetating with natives, sourced locally, over the last few weeks.

The wonderful students from Baringa School have continued to support the Reserve with plantings at the end of TB Drew Park just across from the Reserve on old Coalville Road.

Shows Baringa School students planting in TB Drew Park

Baringa School students planting in TB Drew Park

The extensive coverage of woody weeds from this area has been removed during the second half of 2013 by Community Corrections as well as by the volunteers from Conservation Volunteers Australia during a visit in January.

Shows before image of weed infestation in TB Drew Park, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Before: weed infested section of TB Drew Park adjoining the Reserve

Shows after image of TB Drew Park and plantings by Baringa School, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

After: Baringa School students’ plantings

The students of South Street Primary School also visited in the last week of May this year, planting over 400 plants.

Shows students of South Street Primary, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

The wonderful students of South Street Primary after a productive planting session involving over 400 plants

In the last weekend in May, volunteers from around Moe (and beyond!) got together and planted over 800 plants – it was a great effort, supported by Belinda Kolek, Latrobe City’s (LC) Landscape Officer, with the trusty LC planting trailer.

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Over the long Queen’s birthday weekend, 10 volunteers from Conservation Volunteers Australia came down to Moe. It was an amazingly productive three days of weed removal – great quantities of montbretia, broom, ivy, pittosporum and cotoneaster – as well as plantings.

Shows CVA volunteers planting hop goodenia, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Planting hop goodenia, after woody weed removal

Shows CVA volunteers, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

CVA volunteers – after a hard morning removing a great deal of ivy

There are notieable differences in this small section of the Reserve – there’s still more to be done but this is a great start. We will be taking our learning from this area to the remainder of the Reserve, as weeds are an on-going problem.

Shows before image of broom infestation, TB Drew Park

Before – broom infestation is heavy in TB Drew Park, which will have an impact on the Reserve as the two areas are adjacent

Shows after image of broom removal, TB Drew Park

After: broom infestation is still a problem in TB Drew Park but there is now less of it. The pile created by the CVA volunteers

 

Shows before image of weed infestation in section of Reserve, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Before: pittosporum, cotoneaster and other weeds

 

Shows after image, after woody weed removal and planting of hop goodenia, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

After: woody weed removal and planting of hop goodenia

Shows ivy infested area, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Before: ivy infested area

Shows after image of ivy removal, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

After the ivy removal

Shows before image of broom infestation, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Before: broom infestation

 

Shows after image of broom removal, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

After broom (and other woody weeds) removal

Shows plantings in the old Coalville Road section, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Plantings in the old Coalville Road section

 

Shows the change expected in the vegetation, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

What the plantings will look like

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