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Friends of South Surrey Park  

Sunday Working Bee 26th May 10.00 a.m
 

FRIENDS OF SOUTH SURREY PARK

MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER


Sunday Working Bee - 26th May 10.00 - 12.00

We will be planting seedlings grown at VINC which will be part of our Seed Orchard.  Naomie Sunner will bring them and guide us in planting in Zone Three, in the area behind the shops in Riversdale Road.  Meet at 10.00 a.m. near the car park at the Verdun street entrance to the park. 

Contact person - Maggie - 98884479


Sunday Working Bee Report - 28th April, 2019



We have been replenishing the mulch on our Delta street plantation which was planted more than fifteen years ago with shrubs, trees and grasses.   Now there is a good tree canopy but the understorey is looking sparse. We hope to replant this, perhaps next year.

We had eleven people working spreading mulch there today. There was a threat of rain but it was only light drizzle occasionally. We had Carl and Samuel with us from Melton and we really appreciate their effort, coming all that way.  Then Sam and his two boys rode up and joined in with a wheelbarrow.   They are new to this neighbourhood so we hope to see them again. The absolute star was Oscar.   He arrived early with his own wheelbarrow and worked really hard for most of the morning.   He likes wheelbarrows and rubbish trucks and is having a rubbish truck cake for his third birthday.
We finished, as usual, with morning tea.

 

Tuesday Toilers
Here are the Tuesday Toilers at Maggie and John's house for lunch to celebrate Eleanor's big birthday.  Most of them had  been working in the park that morning but managed to bring along some really delicious food to share.  It was a very enjoyable time together.


Here is Eleanor with her birthday rosette.

                         
Eleanor is an active member of the group and I asked her to tell us a little about herself.   Here is what she said.
 
I moved to Surrey Hills in July 6 years ago. As National Tree Planting Day was at the end of the month, I found a venue at South Surrey Park. During the planting, at a site below the scout hall that had been completely cleared, I spoke to some members of the Friends of SSP and decided to join. I had been involved with Friends of Loughies Bushland in Ringwood North, so knew the concept. It is a very friendly and knowledgeable group and I have learnt a lot about indigenous plants - though I am still struggling to identify indigenous grasses from weeds! To see the growth in that original planting, just 6 years ago, is very rewarding.
 
Thank you Eleanor.
General News

Our Aspect Group

Maggie, Pam and I  enjoyed having the group from Aspect with us and they were very energetic pulling out Tradescantia from the Riversdale Road bank behind the Scout Hall. Here are four of them with their big pile of weeds. While some people were enthusiastically weeding and pushing the wheelbarrow up the hill, another group member was doing some very overdue pruning in the park.


On their next visit, eight people spread mulch around a tree and along the Riversdale Road bank.   We hope to take cuttings of Correa next time they come. 

South Surrey Park Guided Walk
Pam has finished the first draft of the South Surrey Park Guided Walk. The draft has been sent out to regular members of our Friends group for feedback and any additional information. The plan is that it will go onto the web site and a big notice is put on the information board directing visitors to the site. Visitors to the park will then be able to access items of interest on their phones as they walk around the park.
In the Park this month - Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo
 
When we were at lunch last Tuesday, John brought out two feathers which he had found in the park. One beautiful pale grey one had belonged to a Gang Gang cockatoo and the other tail feather with hint of yellow was from a Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo.


The Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo is a large cockatoo. It is easily identified by its mostly black plumage, with most body feathers edged with yellow, not visible at a distance. It has a yellow cheek patch and yellow panels on the tail. The female has a larger yellow cheek patch, pale grey eye-ring (pink in males), white upper bill (grey-black in males) and black marks in the yellow tail panels. Young birds resemble the adult female, but young males have a smaller cheek patch.
It is found in south-eastern Australia, from Eyre Peninsula, South Australia to south and central eastern Queensland. It inhabits a variety of habitat types, but favours eucalypt woodland and pine plantations. Small to large flocks can be seen in these areas, either perched or flying on slowly flapping wings.
They feed in small to large, noisy flocks. The favoured food is seeds of native trees and pine-cones, but birds also feed on the seeds of ground plants. Some insects are also eaten.
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos have a long breeding season, which varies throughout their range. Both sexes construct the nest, which is a large tree hollow, lined with wood chips. The female alone incubates the eggs, while the male supplies her with food. Usually only one chick survives, and this will stay in the care of its parents for about six months.
Birdlife Australia

Membership of Friends of South Surrey Park
You can join in the work of the group and contribute to running expenses by becoming a member.     If you would like to become a Friend of South Surrey Park you can find 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) - 0408377668 - lynmread@gmail.com
Jenine Fleming - 9830 7767 - fleming.jenine@gmail.com
Peter Hannay - 9830 5493 - phhannay@bigpond.com
 

MEMBERSHIP FORM

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