ParkCare Patch - Urambi Hills ParkCare Group
Urambi Hills ParkCare
We are looking for volunteers to assist the Urambi Hills ParkCare Group!
Join a really lovely group of volunteers as they carry out erosion control, weeding, tree planting and erosion work. First time volunteers are welcome to attend and you're welcome to bring the kids too!
Please bring gloves, covered shoes, a hat and water.
The meeting point is at the Meredith Cct entrance to Urambi Hills, Kambah
For more information, check out the Facebook site for this group.
Urambi Hills ParkCare - 2018 Update
The Urambi Hills Group has now completed its fourth year and it has been satisfying to continue working away at the slow task of regenerating degraded parkland!
Our biggest event this year was the planting of trees and shrubs at the southern end of the park, near Tuggeranong Creek. This is an area that our small group has traditionally not had a lot to do with, and it was satisfying to see many new faces come along on a freezing winter morning to help get the plants in the ground. Of course this would not have been possible without the help of the Southern ACT Catchment Group in getting a grant to make all of this happen. Thank you to SACTCG for your continued support!
A second smaller planting also took place in winter, when we planted shrubs around a few keystone Blakely’s Red Gum (E. blakelyi) trees. This is an experimental planting to see if we can provide some habitat for birds who may feed on the lerp that has affected so many of these trees in our region. Only time will tell!
Of course the work doesn’t end with the planting of a tree – those saplings and young shrubs need a bit of help to get through their first couple of years, and the long dry we experienced this year meant the group spent a lot of time focused on ensuring that new plantings and the 3000 trees planted as part of a Greening Australia project in winter 2017 survived the year. We are happy to report that the surviving trees from original plantings done by the group in 2014 are managing without our intervention.
We also continued the work of cutting out woody weeds and removing other weeds within a gully that is the usual focus of our work. This work is starting to bear fruit! Where previous years saw a hillside covered in verbascum, this year saw lovely patches of native grasses. But we remain vigilant and still battle with the usual suspects such as Patterson’s Curse, and new pyracantha seedlings have begun to spring up under trees. Nevertheless, the work is a lot less daunting than it was only a few years ago.
The group farewelled a couple of longstanding members this year due to interstate moves and competing demands, but we have been very lucky to have a few new regulars join, as well as great turn outs for our planting days. We also had some ad hoc assistance from people who found out about work parties through the ParkCare Hub, and volunteers from a youth group.
Urambi Hills really is a lovely spot with gorgeous views down the Murrumbidgee corridor, and it’s a pleasure to be part of its restoration.
Finally, a very special thanks to the rangers who have helped us out this year!
This activity has the following schedule
|Date||Start Time||End Time|
|Sunday, April 28, 2019||9:00 AM||12:00 PM|
|Sunday, May 26, 2019||9:00 AM||12:00 PM|
|Sunday, June 30, 2019||9:00 AM||12:00 PM|
|Sunday, July 28, 2019||9:00 AM||12:00 PM|
|Sunday, August 25, 2019||9:00 AM||12:00 PM|
|Friday, September 27, 2019||9:00 AM||12:00 PM|
|Sunday, November 24, 2019||9:00 AM||12:00 PM|