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Friends of South Surrey Park  

Sunday working bee - 27th June at 10.00 a.m
 

FRIENDS OF SOUTH SURREY PARK

JUNE 2021 NEWSLETTER


Sunday Working Bee - 27th June, 10.00 - 12 noon
Our next working bee on Sunday will be planting seedlings below Delta Street.   We will meet at the storage shed behind the Scout Hall at 10.00 a.m. and take tools and seedlings to the site.
We will meet again at the Scout Hall for morning tea at around twelve o'clock.
Contact person is Lyn - 0408 377 668

Tuesday Toilers
We have been unable to meet as a group while in lockdown  but prior to this the group was flourishing with up to fourteen people at times.    This is very encouraging as the park is growing well and providing habitat for birds, animals and insects.   It has also been a popular place for people to walk when they were unable to go further than five kilometres from their home.
During our current lockdown various members of the Tuesday Toilers have been exercising in the park for their allowed two hours and Fran has done some amazing weeding.


Here are the workers planting kunzea ericoides, cassinia aculeata, acacia pycnantha, dichondra repens, pomaderis racemosa, daevisia leptophylla, rytidosperma racemosum, microlaena stipoides, poa morissii.
In all there were over a thousand seedlings planted on that morning by twelve people. It was great to have people working the hiko planters to enable us to put in a large number of grasses which came  in smaller pots.




It was a most successful morning.   These were plants we were unable to put in due to the lockdown but the area below Anderson street is now looking very good.

General News - 
  • At the end of June it will be time for us to pay our insurance to Landcare for the year 2021/2022.   Please renew your memberships so we can do this and continue our work in the park.
  • Fran was working in the park one day when a little boy came to show his mother what is growing there.   He was very knowledgeable and told her all about the themeda triandra or kangaroo grass he had pointed out and had learnt about at school.
  • This was in complete contrast to what happened to our noticeboard at the weekend.   Graffiti in red and black was sprayed all  over it.   Lyn let me know this had happened and I went down there in dread. Over a couple of days, I was grateful for Fran, and  Deborah and Peter, both passers-by who offered to help. Its been a joint effort and the community has shown its intolerance of this sort of behaviour. It was really good to hear a flock of gang gang cockatoos flying over, and to have so many different bird calls to listen to as we worked.
In the Park this month - Geranium gardneri or Rough Cranesbill























These photographs were taken of this plant in the park and then with a lens attached to my phone at my desk.  Rough Cranesbill is growing beside the creek at the Riversdale Road end of the park.   
Identifying it was a challenge as there are several very similar species of geranium.   Flora of Melbourne was the answer as it states that geranium gardneri is identified by the roughness of its stems and leaves and also that it grows in shaded, moist positions in grassy valley forest vegetation types.  The tuber shape is important too, this one is not turnip shaped as in geranium solanderi. Details about the  hairs on the stems, leaves and seeds are also indicative.  This is an interesting website   https://vicflora.rbg.vic.gov.au/
Beth Gott and John Conran in "Victorian Koorie Plants" discuss the use of the tubers in aboriginal culture.  They are rich in starch but very woody and need to be pounded.   They also contain tannin which is astringent and unpalatable but said to be removed by cooking.  They are very small, having enough for a meal would be a challenge. 
Membership of Friends of South Surrey Park

Please join in the work of the group and contribute to running expenses by becoming a member now.  Become a Friend of South Surrey Park by filling in the application for membership form at the end of this newsletter.


Facebook and South Surrey Park website
You can see some of what is happening in the park on Facebook and South Surrey Park website.    


Work in South Surrey Park is brought to you through the efforts of the Friends of South Surrey Park, a voluntary group working with the local community, City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water.  For information about your local Park, contact any committee member below.
 
Pam Welsford (President) - 9830 5178  - pamwelsford@gmail.com
Ursula Povey (Vice President) - 9836 6149 -  ursulapovey@gmail.com
Maggie White (Secretary) - 9888 4479 - john_maggie@hotmail.com
Lyn Read (Treasurer) - 0408 377 668 - lynmread@gmail.com
Jenine Fleming - 0418 561 238 - fleming.jenine@gmail.com
Peter Hannay - 9830 5493 - phhannay@bigpond.com
 
MEMBERSHIP FORM

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A single subscription is $15, or $30 for a household, or $100 corporate/group. (This covers our insurance with Victorian Landcare and some expenses). It is payable to Hon Treasurer, Lyn Read, 6/136  Through Road, Vic, 3127 telephone 0408 377 668 or direct deposit to our Bendigo Bank account, BSB 633 000, A/c No 1205 19285. Remember to put your name in the ‘reference’ box so we’ll know you’ve paid.



 

Friends of South Surrey Park is supported by Boroondara Council and Melbourne Water

 







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