Monday, June 11, 2018

Vale Val Crohn

Val Crohn, Philip Crohn's mother, passed away on 23 May 2018.  Philip is one of the founding members of the Friends of South Surrey Park.

You are invited to celebrate the life of Val Crohn at the Balwyn Community Centre

412 Whitehorse Rd, Surrey Hills Melway 46 F8

From 2pm on Saturday 16 June.

Please call Philip  98363329 if you need more information.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday working bee in South Surrey Park weeding out Oak seedlings

Sunday 29 October 2017. We pulled out a lot of tiny Oak seedlings that were sprouting from acorns under Oak trees and also did some weeding up near Delta Street.

Our thanks to students and parents for Carey who participate again.

David Beardsall planted a Willawa tree - Brachychiton rupestris grafted on to Brachychiton populneus rootstock (Kurrajong)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Working bee near Verdun Street, 1200 plants in!

The working bee of Sunday 28 August put in around 1200 seedlings along the embankment down from the playground and the sides of the creek.  A committed group of twelve kept going until nearly all the plants were gone.

Adrian's powered hole digger certainly speeds things up.

It was quite a long site so we had two planting parties quite separate from each other.

A special mention for Suet Mon and her son Thomas, who is in Prep grade - both worked very hard the whole morning.

We finished, as usual, with a well earned morning tea.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Canterbury Primary School students planting in South Surrey Park

Prep students with their Grade 6 buddies from Canterbury Primary School visited South Surrey Park today to plant indigenous grasses and small shrubs.

Adrian and Peter from Boroondara Council and several Friends of South Surrey Park were there to help out.

The Grade 6 buddies help their Prep friends plant some grasses and to use the special planting tools to make some holes for plants.

Adrian explained how most of the plants we could see around us had been planted over the last 15 years and why indigenous plants are important for the environment and native birds.

The students also did a nature walk during their visit. They saw where yabbies are hiding and where the possum spends his day. They tasted lomandra leaves and learnt about aboriginal use of the leaves.

The very best bit was when Peter Tucker from Boroondara Council showed the children how to close their eyes and listen to the sounds around them.

The children had a great time, there were lots of smiles all around.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Working bee - planting near Delta Street 26 June 2016

Sunday Working Bee Report - 26 June 2016

We planted lots of grasses and some shrubs in the bush area just below Delta Street.  The soil was quite moist after the recent heavy rain so punching holes with the Hamilton tree planting tools was easy.

As always, we finished with morning tea and a good chat.

Our next working bee is Sunday 31 July (also National Tree Day) so come to the park to help with some planting and enjoy the free BBQ lunch provided by the City of Boroondara to participants.