ParkCare Patch - Red Hill Regenerators Working Bee

Red Hill Regenerators

 

As part of the ParkCare Initiative the Red Hill Regenerators are working to restore Red Hill native woodland. The Red Hill Regenerators is an award winning community group which spends hundreds of hours each year enhancing the Red Hill natural environment.

The Red Hill Regenerators has held regular monthly working bees on the hill since 1989. The main Group outcome is the transformation of Red Hill to now be one of the most significant Yellow Box – Red Gum woodland remnants remaining in Australia. Red Hill is among the largest remaining remnants of its woodland type, anywhere. It supports one of the highest diversities of woodland plants recorded in South-eastern Australia, while it is significant habitat for many endangered, rare and uncommon plant and animal species.

 

The major activities of the Group include:

    • Weed Control – Red Hill has a history of grazing and is surrounded by urban development, consequently it has a very high weed diversity (150+ species). In one year we removed over 20,000 woody exotic shrubs through our monthly working bees and occasional mid week events.
    • Walking track maintenance (building steps + roll overs).
    • Monitoring woodland health. The Regenerators have five long term plots in which all plants and their cover are recorded. The plots indicate that we are winning the battle against the weeds. We also do periodic counts of a nationally endangered Button Wrinklewort daisy (Rutidosis leptorhynchoides) and 15 other threatened or regionally uncommon plant species. The Button Wrinklewort daisy has increased five-fold under our care and all but one of the other rare plants have had substantial population increases. Regular woodland bird surveys also occur, the population of the threatened Speckled Warbler has remained constant. Occasional surveys of the kangaroo and rabbit warren populations are also undertaken to help the ACT Government maintain an ecological balance within the reserve.
    • Planting.  In 2011 a grant enabled the Group to work with Greening Australia to plant over 300 tubestock trees and understorey shrubs in a part of the reserve previously grazed by cattle until the late 1990s. In 2014, as part of the Woodland Restoration project, the Group again worked with Greening Australia to plant over 200 tubestock at the southern end of the reserve.  In 2017, another 200 tube stock were planted in and around the 2011 planting. Opportunities to restore parts of the reserve are taken whenever funding is available.
    • Encouraging community appreciation/involvement through leading organised walks and spotlighting nights and giving talks to local community groups. The group also supervisors regeneration and education activities of local schools, scout and other community groups.
    • Responding to threats to the Red Hill environment by liasing and consulting with government agencies which impact the area from time to time. The principal threats the the Red Hill environment come from proposed developments on or adjacent to Red Hill, activities on Red Hill carried out by utilities organisations and some government land management practices.
    • Adopt a Patch: For those members who want to work on Red Hill when it suits them, we arrange for tools and herbicide to be loaned to the member so that they can maintain the environment on a specific part of Red Hill.

More information: info@redhillregenerators.org.au. Prior registration is not required.

 

 

 

Schedule Summary

The next 10 shifts (out of 12 total shifts) for this activity are as follows


Date Start Time End Time
Sunday, June 07, 2020 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, July 05, 2020 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, August 02, 2020 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, October 04, 2020 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Sunday, November 01, 2020 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 9:00 AM 12:00 PM