Whenever I travel through Rokewood I like to stop in at the grassland at the local cemetery to see what is happening. This is one of our most diverse grassland remnants with several threatened flora species.
Last Monday it was great to see the new fencing had been completed. The Trust received funding to fence the perimeter to exclude rabbits and to fence to deter people from parking or driving over the grassland.
It is a pity it has come to this but a couple of incidents in the last few years meant that the exclusion of vehicles became a priority and it is always good to keep rabbits out. A simple 2 wire fence with steel stakes has been erected either side of the driveway and has signage attached – “thank you for not parking on our endangered grassland”.
The fence is designed so that the grassland may still be burnt and so that visitors may still walk on the grassland if they go under or between the wires or via the “spring gates” on the fire breaks. The area has been recently burnt and fire trucks still have easy access.
A new entrance has been made into the cemetery grounds to take the overflow funeral parking. The cemetery trustees and CFA brigade have been involved in the planning for the new fences and the funds come from a Communities for Nature grant. Both these local community groups are largely responsible for the great condition the grassland is still in.
If you plan to visit the cemetery grassland in the spring please be aware that African Weed Orchid is present at the site and take appropriate hygiene precautions. About 20 flower heads and tubers were removed from the north west end of the grassland last November.