ParkCare Patch - Farrer Ridge ParkCare

Farrer Ridge ParkCare


Farrer Ridge ParkCare is a group of volunteers who meet once a month at the Athlon Parks Depot off Athllon Drive (just up the hill from the Athllon/ Sulwood drive roundabout).



Volunteers have been working on Farrer Ridge Nature Park, since 1989 and welcome new volunteers into their team.




Meet at Athllon Depot, usually on first Sunday of the month, but note some changes this year.

Summer start 8:30 am, rest, 10 am-12 noon. 

Mar 1          

 June 7            10 am: Clear more woody weeds and Verbascum.


July 5             10 am: Assess & remove weeds in area. Track maintenance.


Aug 2            10 am: Weed removal on assessed sites, and check any woody weeds in gullies. Discuss whether it is worth organising a community Spring Wildflower Walk.


Sept 13          (Note Fathers’ Day is on Sept 6) 10 am: Weed assessment, and removal.


Oct 11         111th October 2020- ( Labour Day long weekend includes Oct 4th) 10 am: GPS any special plant sites: Check orchid sites. Weed removal.


Nov 1            1st November 2020- 10 am: Assess woody weeds at back of Farrer houses. Weed removal.


Dec 6            6th December 2020- 8:30 am Continue weed control especially any bushfire fuel management.

                        Celebratory drinks and nibbles.





 Farrer Ridge ParkCare


Farrer Ridge ParkCarers checking cactus sample found in Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve, and later some removed. The early part of 2018 was spent removing and treating woody weeds in gullies in the south-eastern section, and treating Verbascum by lopping seed-heads and bagging for removal, and treating the rosettes.

Due to the on-going drought until November, we cancelled the community Spring Wildflower Walk in September, as so many plants were either not flowering or were very stressed. Even Cassinias were dying back.


Following our request, Parks Rangers put in erosion control mounds along the eastern section of the Farrer Ridge Nature Trail, so rain would flow away from the track.


In November, the group worked along the 30-metre bushfire zone at the back of the houses in Farrer adjacent to the Reserve, taking out woody weeds, so as to reduce fire hazards. I guided a walk with students from Farrer Primary School on the Reserve.


To learn more about Farrer Ridge ParkCare, email Wendy at or


Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule

Date Start Time End Time
Sunday, June 07, 2020 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, July 05, 2020 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, August 02, 2020 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, September 13, 2020 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, October 11, 2020 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, November 01, 2020 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, December 06, 2020 8:30 AM 10:30 AM