Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Raising awareness about the value and use of native grasslands, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

Planting to make a difference

Searching for somewhere to plant

The sun was shining and frost had disappeared as over one hundred and fifty volunteers began an interesting few hours yesterday planting on private property near Rowsley (Bacchus Marsh) as part of the Grow West Project.  The site is steep and on the edge of two bioregions, Victorian Volcanic Plain  and Central Victorian Highlands.

Some of the area is fairly degraded so the aim is to get more plants back into the site, out compete the weeds and in the long run provide more habitat and join up remnants of vegetation on adjoining properties. The site had been ripped and one of the rip lines had already been direct seeded.

Quite a few community groups and other individuals join together under the guidance of a well organised team, who ensure the day runs smoothly, to put in and guard about 5000 indigenous plants. It was good to see some Blue Storksbill and Ruby Saltbush already taking hold and a few of the direct seeded plants emerging.

This planting day is annual event  run in partnership with the Grow West Project, Victorian National Parks Association, Friends of Werribee Gorge and Long Forest Mallee, Bacchus Marsh Lions Club and Victorian Mobile Landcare Group. The day included a celebration of 10 years of Grow West projects.

A steep site

Planting beside the rip line trying to find a pocket of soil

View to remnant vegetation in the distance

View to remnant vegetation in the distance

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