ParkCare Patch - Cooleman Ridge ParkCare

Cooleman Ridge ParkCare

Cooleman Ridge is situated between Chapman and Kambah, and enjoys extensive views north to the city, and west to the Brindabellas.

The Cooleman Ridge Parkcare Group has been actively caring for Cooleman Ridge in Weston Creek since 1991. We currently focus on removing the exotic species to allow our local species to thrive.

Our group weeding meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month, and another small group meets every Friday morning. Some of our group organise informal weeding parties at other times, and we perform Water Watch monitoring each month.

Our newsletter is published monthly, and is available on our website. It contains details of our activities, information about the next work party, and other information of botanical or historical interest.

We welcome all volunteers to either assist us in removing our invasive exotic plants, or to offer other services in which they are interested.
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Note- Please contact admin@coolemanridge for details about the meeting locations and further information about the activity (and to let them know to keep an eye out for you!).


Cooleman Ridge ParkCare - 2018 Update

Cooleman Ridge is just over three kilometres long on the western edge of Canberra. The suburb of Chapman flanks it's northern face. To the west is the Murrumbidgee which is bordered by the Bullen Range, which is overshadowed by the Tidbinbilla Range and lording over them, the Brindabella Range. It makes for a spectacular view.

The Ridge has a long history of grazing and it shows. The Cooleman Ridge ParkCare Group has worked for years to, if not reverse the effects, then encourage what remains of native vegetation to gradually re-establish. Of course, the cattle and sheep have long gone but the rabbits remain and the kangaroo population is substantial.

The Cooleman Ridge Group worked consistently during the year in order to clear our patch of exotic invasive woody weeds.  Our monthly work parties involved five to ten volunteers and the Friday morning group three to five members. Some members worked individually at times to suit themselves, on occasionally paired up to work together.

We certainly seem to be making progress, with the verbascum in particular being an almost rare sight in the northern part of the ridge.  And although the African Lovegrass  is thick in a couple of spots along the main road-way,  we seem to be keeping it at bay in other areas.

Apart from appearing on our website, the monthly newsletter is now available in hard copy from four beautiful metal boxes located at strategic entrance spots on the Chapman side. The newsletter is our most useful information tool and has been a consistent feature of the Group since its inception in 1991. A complete set of newsletters appears on the Groups website, worth a read!

This year we continued our yearly monitoring under the Vegwatch Program. One of our patches is near Darrell Place, and the other near the Namatjira entrance.  We noticed that both patches contained fewer exotic grasses this year, presumably due to the very dry winter and spring. The dry weather has certainly reduced the emergence and flowering of many native forbs, including the bulbines and wurmbeas., but on a more positive note I have noticed more xerochrysums popping up in various places.



Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule

Date Start Time End Time
Sunday, June 21, 2020 1:30 PM 4:00 PM
Sunday, July 19, 2020 1:30 PM 4:00 PM
Sunday, August 16, 2020 1:30 PM 4:00 PM
Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:30 PM 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2020 1:30 PM 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 15, 2020 8:30 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, December 20, 2020 8:30 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, January 17, 2021 8:30 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, February 21, 2021 8:30 AM 11:00 AM