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Friends of South Surrey Park  
Weeding Working Bee 
29/11/20 10.00 - 12 noon

 

FRIENDS OF SOUTH SURREY PARK

NOVEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER


Some dates to end the year
We will have a weeding working bee on 29th November from 10.00-12 noon.  We will be working in Delta street area. Afterwards we will gather under the angophera tree near the playground for a picnic style breakup.  Bring your own food, drink, utensils and chair.
Contact person is Pam - 0418176390

The last Tuesday Toilers working bee will be on 15th December.   A breakup event  will be announced after changes to Covid restrictions are announced.
The group is not meeting at the shed at the moment, rather they are collecting the wheelbarrow and tools from Jenine's house.

Dates to start 2021
Tuesday Toilers will resume on Tuesday, 2nd February, 2021 continuing in the style of 2020 using WhatsApp communications.

Sunday Working Bees will resume on Sunday,  28th March, 2021 at 10.00 a.m.


Why do people work in the park?
Athough 2020 has been a completely different year for Friends of South Surrey Park and we have had few working bees on which to report, it has still been a year of successful work in our park.   We have managed to
plant seedlings and reduce weed growth despite COVID-19 restrictions. 
Our Tuesday Toilers set up a system whereby people were able to work within the rules by contacting each other on WhatsApp.   Pam, has kept everyone up to date with restrictions as they came and went.

It is impressive that members have been so committed to the park and I thought it would be interesting to find out some more about the reasons some of them joined the group.
To begin with Lyn and Jenine have shared their stories.


Lyn
I met Lillian on the day I moved into my unit in November 2013.   She invited me to join the Friends of South Surrey Park, so I started the following February.   It was a lovely introduction to the neighbourhood. 
 I have made new friends and learned so much about caring for our beautiful park.   I look forward to working there every week and at
monthly working bees throughout the seasons.

Jenine

I joined FSSP in May 2014 after moving into the area.   The Park was a major drawcard and I wanted to contribute to this special place and to
have a sense of belonging to the local community.
Participating in the group definitely has given me this and loads more.   I have had the privilege of meeting like-minded and very inspiring people
and my knowledge of indigenous plants has also increased.

Thank you Lyn and Jenine.


Before I take you for a walk in the park Friends of South Surrey Park would like to congratulate Lisa Hollingsworth and Jane Addis for their re-election to the Boroondara Council.   We look forward to seeing you in the park again when life returns to normal.


A walk in the park



Last week I walked to the park below Delta Street, to the area you can see being planted  in the photo above in 1999.  That area has now been revegetated for many years but we have done some in-planting in recent times which was looking really good.  On last year's plant list which you can see on our website - southsurreypark.org.au - were listed several of the plants I saw flowering.
Just up the hill from the Information shelter I found some veronica gracilis nestling among some dichondra repens.   They are such tiny flowers, its easy to miss them.   I've been told by an expert that  we have done well to have them survive.


Here is a collection at the start of the path into this bush.
There are some everlastings, some clustered everlastings, some Poa labillardieri, some Dichonda repens and some Goodenia ovata.   Lots of yellow flowers.
Here further in there is a lovely stand of Dianella longifolia with beautiful, vibrant blue flowers.


Then I came across some Olearia ramulosa, or Twiggy Daisy Bush which had gone in in August 2019.


So this was feeling like a very rewarding walk and the work the people in our group is really showing results, when I saw a flash of red under a bush which we did not plant.   It was fungus, Asaroe rubra and as they have a strong bad meat smell they had flies in attendance.


Resting on the veronica was a tiny striped insect which is a hover fly but looks like a little bee. You can see how this is beneficial insect in your garden here
Here is a photo from this website

 

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

 







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