ParkCare Patch - Farrer Ridge ParkCare Work Activity

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.


Feb 3             8:30 am: Weed assessment and removal. Discuss about getting seedlings of grasses, forbs or acacias for planting in Autumn. Weed removal including any new Verbascum seed heads in area south of where we worked in November near the erosion gully and towards the dams.

Mar 3            10am. Clear woody weeds and Verbascum in northern-central and eastern areas. Possibly work with rangers to prepare planting sites, using auger, putting in water crystals.

April 7           10 am. Planting any seedlings in prepared site, using strong plant guards, and coir weed-mats. Check planting along erosion control area. Fix any plant guards.

May 5            10 am: Check if the seedlings need watering. Weed removal on eastern slope of Farrer Hill.

June 2            10 am: Clear more woody weeds and Verbascum.

July 7            10 am: Assess & remove weeds in area. Check seedlings. Any track maintenance.

Aug 4            10 am: Weed removal on assessed sites, and check any woody weeds in gullies.

Sept 8            (Note Fathers’ Day is 1st Sept) 10 am: Weed assessment, and removal.

Oct 13           10 am: GPS any special plant sites: Check orchid sites. Weed removal.

Nov 3            10 am: Assess woody weeds at back of Farrer houses. Weed removal.              

Dec 1             8:30 am Continue weed control especially any bushfire fuel management.




2018 Update- 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, July 07, 2019 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, August 04, 2019 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, September 01, 2019 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, September 08, 2019 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, November 03, 2019 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, December 01, 2019 8:30 AM 11:00 AM