Saturday, November 26, 2011

Working Bee near Union Road - Sunday 27 November 10am to midday

Date and time:  Sunday 27 November, 10 am to midday
Location: South Surrey Park near Union Road

All welcome.  Bring family, friends and other willing workers to help weed and tidy the Union Road section of the Park.

Wear sensible work clothes including sun hat, gardening gloves and sturdy footwear and bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain

Stay afterwards for free drinks, bickies and a chat.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Friends Of South Surrey Park News – November 2011

On the last Sunday in October five intrepid volunteers braved a cold, wet and windy start to plant about 330 grasses and tussocks into very wet soil to extend the existing creekside plantation near Union Road.

This Sunday 27 November we’ll return to the Union Road end of the Park for our final Sunday of the year, a general weed, prune and tidy up. Wear suitable clothes including sturdy water resistant footwear, gardening gloves and sunhat, bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain, and stay afterwards for free drinks, bickies and a chat.

As usual Tuesday Toilers have been busy removing uteloads of weeds and rubbish plus planting more grasses, tussocks and groundcovers at various sites: about 130 seedlings below Union Road, a similar number on the Riversdale Road bank, and 80 below the Scout Hall.

Join us around 10 am any Tuesday near the pond below Union Road before we move to that day’s worksite. Afterwards we generally lunch at Café Biscotti, backing onto the Park at 929 Riversdale Road, so even if you can’t join us in the morning, you’re welcome for a gossip over some food or drink around midday.

Our last Tuesday of 2011 will be 20 December which means only four opportunities left to join the Tuesday toilers. We’ll probably have a special lunch on either 13 or 20 December - contact any Tuesday toiler to confirm details.

We’ll probably start work again on Tuesday 7 February and Sunday 29 April, and our 2012 Annual General Meeting will be held at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 24 April. Stay tuned for a new look newsletter to herald the new year.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Community Planting - Sunday 30 October, 10 am to midday

Date and time: Sunday 30 October, 10 am to midday
Location: South Surrey Park, Union Road entry

All welcome.  Bring family, friends and other willing workers to help extend the existing creek-side plantations below Union Road.

Wear sensible work clothes including sun hat, gardening gloves and sturdy footwear and bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain

Stay afterwards for free drinks, bickies and a chat.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Friends Of South Surrey Park News – October 2011

On the last Sunday in September seventeen keen volunteers, including several family groups, enjoyed a warm and dry spring morning to plant about 400 seedlings into surprisingly dry soil near the creek below the Scout Hall.

Special thanks to City of Boroondara employees who gave up their Sunday mornings for our Park. Peter delivered a ute load of plants and coordinated the morning’s work while Pepe prepared one of his legendary barbecues (even though he did forget the vegieburgers).

This Sunday 30 October we’ll work below Union Road to extend the existing creekside plantation. Wear suitable clothes including sturdy footwear, gardening gloves and sunhat, bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain, and stay afterwards for free drinks, bickies and a chat.

As usual Tuesday Toilers have been busy removing uteloads of weeds and rubbish plus planting more trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers at various sites. Join us around 10 am any Tuesday near the pond below Union Road before we move to that day’s worksite. If you don’t find us initially, wander down the creek and we’ll catch up eventually.

Wear sturdy footwear and a sunhat, and bring a raincoat, drink bottle, workgloves, litter bags and enthusiasm. Afterwards we generally lunch at Café Biscotti, backing onto the Park at 929 Riversdale Road, so even if you can’t join us in the morning, you’re welcome for a gossip over some food or drink around midday.

Remember we work on the last Sunday monthly and the only remaining opportunity for 2011 will be 27 November, to weed and mulch a new area below Anderson Street for planting next year

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The City of Boroondara 2011 Spring Walks and Talks are nearly over, the only remaining events are:

  • Habitat Gardening Workshop, Tuesday 25 October, 5.45 – 8.30 pm, Maranoa Gardens, Balwyn.  
  • Garden Heritage Tour, Wednesday 26 October, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury.

Bookings essential via www.boroondara.vic.gov.au or City of Boroondara Parks & Gardens on 9278 4595.

Now is the ideal time to get plants in the ground, with plenty of soil moisture and time to establish root systems before the summer drought. The best source of locally indigenous plants is GreenLink Box Hill community nursery, 41 Wimmera Street, Box Hill North, Melway 47 E6.

Open every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, including Melbourne Cup Day, 9 am – midday, selling a great range of local plants, mostly under $2. More from www.sites.google.com/site/greenlinkboxhill or 0479 121 653.      

Friday 18 November at 8 pm, the Australian Plant Society Maroondah will hold its monthly meeting at Manchester Unity Hall, 8 Main Street, Blackburn, Melway 47 K 10. Guest speaker Marilyn Bull will recount her experience as a Ranger in central Australia’s Finke Valley.

Admission $2 includes a raffle ticket and light supper.  More from www.vicnet.net.au/~apsmrdah, apsmaroondah@gmail.com or President Michael Cook on 417 539 740.

Work in South Surrey Park is brought to you through the efforts of the Friends of South Surrey Park, a voluntary group working with the local community, City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Next working bee is Sunday 25 September

The next working bee in South Surrey Park is:

10am-12 noon, Sunday 25 September


On the flood plain below the Scout hall near Riversdale Road


All are welcome.  Bring some gloves, wear a hat and some work clothing, and have cup of tea or coffee afterwards

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Working bee in Bonner Street

We had a successful working bee planting along Bonner Street on one of the approaches to South Surrey Park on Sunday 28 August 2011.

Here are some photos













Monday, August 15, 2011

Friends Of South Surrey Park News – August 2011

On the last Sunday in July, nearly 100 volunteers from the local community plus various schools, Scouts, etc congregated in Glen Iris to plant about 1800 seedlings along Gardiners Creek before enjoying a delicious barbecue courtesy of City of Boroondara and Friends of Gardiners Creek.

This Sunday 28 August we’ll be back in our own Park, helping City of Boroondara to plant the Bonner Street nature strip, behind the Riversdale Road Scout Hall, from 10 am. Wear suitable clothes including sturdy footwear, gardening gloves and sunhat, and stay afterwards for free drinks, bickies and a chat.

Tuesday Toilers have been particularly busy this month, planting more trees and shrubs along the Riversdale Road bank plus removing uteloads of weeds and rubble from a future plantation site below the end of Anderson Street. Join us around 10 am any Tuesday near the pond below Union Road before we move to that day’s worksite. If you don’t find us initially, wander down the creek and we’ll catch up eventually.

Wear sturdy footwear and a sunhat, and bring a raincoat, drink bottle, workgloves, litter bags and enthusiasm. Afterwards we generally lunch at Café Biscotti, backing onto the Park at 929 Riversdale Road, so even if you can’t join us in the morning, you’re welcome for a gossip over some food or drink around midday.

Remember we work on the last Sunday monthly and the final three opportunities for 2011 are:

  • 25 September = extend plantation below Scout Hall plus free Council BBQ
  • 30 October = weed and mulch new area near Union Road to plant next year
  • 27 November = weed and mulch new area near Anderson Street to plant next year

The City of Boroondara Spring Walks and Talks are on again, see www.boroondara.vic.gov.au or contact City of Boroondara Parks & Gardens on 9278 4595. Highlights include:

Creatures of the night spotlighting tours, 7 – 8:30 pm:

  • Tuesday 6 September, Willsmere Park, Kew, meet 6:45 pm, Jack O’Toole carpark, Melway, 45 E2. 
  • Wednesday 14 September, Freeway Golf Course, Balwyn North, meet 6:45 pm, golf course carpark, Melway 32 C11. 

Native Food Plant Tour, Wednesday 7 September, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Wurundjeri Gardens, Glan Avon Road, Hawthorn, Melway 45 A 12.

Community planting and free barbecue, Sunday 25 September, 10 am – 12:30, South Surrey Park, Surrey Hills, on the floodplain below the Scout Hall.

Wildflower Walks: 
Tuesday 11 October, 11 am – noon, Maranoa Gardens, Balwyn, Melway 46 F 7.
Wednesday 12 October, 2- 3 pm, Willsmere Billabong, Kew, meet Jack O’Toole carpark, Melway, 45 E2.
Wednesday 19 October, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Welfare Parade, Glen Iris, Melway 60 E 7.

Garden Heritage Tours, 10:30 am – 11:30 am:
Tuesday 18 October, Alexandra Gardens, rear of Kew Library, Melway 45 D 6.
Wednesday 26 October, Canterbury Gardens, Chaucer Crescent, Melway, 46 D 11.

Tuesday 4 October, School Holiday Fun, 11 am – 2:30 pm, Hays Paddock, Leason St, East Kew, Melway 45 J 2. Get your hands dirty, plant a tree, test water, search for bugs.

Further north, the Regent Honeyeater Project are restoring Box-Ironbark landscapes near Benalla, reducing salinity and erosion and providing habitat for endangered wildlife. Their 2011 planting weekends are scheduled for 3-4 and 17-18 September. They offer free accommodation, a free feast followed by bush dancing on Saturday evening, and a free barbecue lunch followed by wildflower and ecology walks on Sunday afternoon.

This spring promises perfect planting conditions after a mild moist winter, so why not join other enthusiastic people helping to secure a future for threatened species such as the Regent Honeyeater, Grey-crowned Babbler, Squirrel Glider and Brush-tailed Phascogale. More from Ray Thomas, 5761 1515, ray@regenthoneyeater.org.au, or www.regenthoneyeater.org.au.

Friday 16 September at 8 pm, the Australian Plant Society Maroondah will hold its monthly meeting at Manchester Unity Hall, 8 Main Street, Blackburn, Melway 47 K 10. Guest speaker Mike Bayly will discuss Rutaceae in Australia and New Caledonia. The botanical family Rutaceae includes well known local genera Boronia, Correa and Crowea. Admission $2 includes a raffle ticket and light supper.  More from www.vicnet.net.au/~apsmrdah, apsmaroondah@gmail.com or President Michael Cook on 417 539 740.

Now is the ideal time to get plants in the ground, with plenty of soil moisture and time to establish root systems before the summer drought. If you are inspired to try some spring planting at home, the best source of locally indigenous plants is GreenLink Box Hill community nursery, 41 Wimmera Street, Box Hill North, Melway 47 E6.  Open every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, plus Saturdays 17 September and 22 October, 9 am – midday, selling a fantastic range of local plants, mostly under $2. More from www.sites.google.com/site/greenlinkboxhill or 0479 121 653.

Work in South Surrey Park is brought to you through the efforts of the Friends of South Surrey Park, a voluntary group working with the local community, City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water.  For information about your local Park, contact any committee member below. To receive up to date details of Park activities email philcrohn@ozemail.com.au or phone 9836 3329.

Pam Welsford (Chair) 9830 5178 welsford@lexicon.net
Maggie White (Secretary) 9888 4479 john_maggie@hotmail.com
Stuart Paxton (Treasurer) 9836 0893 paxtontown@gmail.com
Philip Crohn (Publicity) 9836 3329 philcrohn@ozemail.com.au
Ursula Povey 9836 6149 povey@hotkey.net.au

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Friends Of South Surrey Park News – July 2011

On the last Sunday in June, seven keen volunteers enjoyed a mild winter morning to plant about 350 more seedlings in the mulch upstream of the little bridge plus around the corner near the end of Lille Street.

This Sunday 31 July we’ve been invited by the City of Boroondara to their official National Tree Day planting in Nettleton Reserve, Glen Iris, between Gardiners Parade/Dawson Drive and Gardiners Creek, Melway 59 K 7. Be there in time to start planting at 10 am, and stay for a free barbecue lunch around midday.

Wear suitable clothes including sturdy footwear, workgloves and sunhat, and bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain. Register at www.treeday.planetark.org/site/50233, www.boroondara.vic.gov.au or contact City of Boroondara Parks & Gardens on 9278 4595.

Tuesday Toilers are always very busy pruning, removing vast quantities of weeds, spreading ute loads of mulch, collecting litter, and planting yet more seedlings. Join us around 10 am any Tuesday near the pond below Union Road before we move to that day’s worksite. If you don’t find us initially, wander down the creek and we’ll catch up eventually.

Wear sturdy footwear and a sunhat, and bring a raincoat, drink bottle, workgloves, litter bags and enthusiasm. Afterwards we generally lunch at Café Biscotti, backing onto the Park at 929 Riversdale Road, so even if you can’t join us in the morning, you’re welcome for a gossip over some food or drink around midday.

Remember we work on the last Sunday monthly and the draft calendar for 2011 is:

  • 28 August = plant by Bonner Street 
  • 25 September = extend plantation below Scout Hall, free Council BBQ
  • 30 October = weed and mulch new area near Union Road to plant next year
  • 27 November = weed and mulch new area near Anderson Street to plant next year

Thanks to all who have already joined or rejoined, but for the rest of you memberships for 2011 are now overdue, please print and complete the membership form attached and forward $30 per household, $15 for individuals or concession holders, or $100 for groups or corporate memberships (all inclusive of GST) to Acting Treasurer, Philip Crohn, 2/255 Mont Albert Road, phone 9836 3329.

On Saturday 13 August, the City of Boroondara is organising a Native Plants Festival at Maranoa Gardens, from 10 am to 3 pm, to promote the Gardens and the benefits of growing Australian plants.  There will be information about local plants and wildlife, sales of Australian plants, books, food and drink, garden tours and entertainment for families. www.boroondara.vic.gov.au or City of Boroondara Parks & Gardens on 9278 4595.

The following weekend Friday 19 August at 8 pm, the Australian Plant Society Maroondah will hold its monthly meeting at Manchester Unity Hall, 8 Main Street, Blackburn, Melway 47 K 10. Guest speaker Peter Green will discuss Tropical Flora. Admission $2 includes a raffle ticket and light supper.  More from www.vicnet.net.au/~apsmrdah, apsmaroondah@gmail.com or President Michael Cook on 417 539 740.

Further afield on the same weekend, 20-21 August, the 14th annual Project Hindmarsh Planting Weekend is a major nature restoration and landscape project centred on the area between the Little and Big Desert National Parks in the Wimmera/Mallee region of Western Victoria. The weekend is based at the Little Desert Lodge near Nhill and busses are available from Southern Cross station. Information and registration: http://www.hindmarsh.vic.gov.au

Now is the ideal time to get plants in the ground, with plenty of soil moisture and time to establish root systems before the summer drought. If you are inspired to try some spring planting at home, the best source of locally indigenous plants is GreenLink Box Hill community nursery, 41 Wimmera Street, Box Hill North, Melway 47 E6.  Open every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, plus Saturday 20 August, 17 September and 22 October, 9 am – midday, selling a fantastic range of local plants, mostly under $2. More from www.sites.google.com/site/greenlinkboxhill or 0479 121 653.

The fourteenth biennial conference of the Victorian Environmental Friends Network will be held near Kyneton over the weekend 2-4 September this year. Total cost including accommodation and meals is $140 if booked before 12 August. See attached VEFN conference flyer for details.

Work in South Surrey Park is brought to you through the efforts of the Friends of South Surrey Park, a voluntary group working with the local community, City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water.  For information about your local Park, contact any committee member below. To receive up to date details of Park activities email philcrohn@ozemail.com.au or phone 9836 3329.

Pam Welsford (Chair) 9830 5178 welsford@lexicon.net
Maggie White (Secretary) 9888 4479 john_maggie@hotmail.com
Stuart Paxton (Treasurer) 9836 0893 paxtontown@gmail.com
Philip Crohn (Publicity) 9836 3329  philcrohn@ozemail.com.au
Ursula Povey 9836 6149  povey@hotkey.net.au

Friday, June 03, 2011

Friends Of South Surrey Park News – June 2011

On the last Sunday in May, eleven keen volunteers, including a couple of youngsters, weeded around established plants then planted about 150 more seedlings along the edge of the big plantation below Delta Street.

This Sunday 26 June will be similar work but at a different site, weeding and planting the floodplain above the little bridge. Please join us from 10 am, wearing suitable clothes including sturdy footwear, workgloves and sunhat, and bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain. Stay afterwards for free drinks and bickies.

Tuesday Toilers have also been very busy pruning, removing vast quantities of weeds, spreading ute loads of mulch, collecting litter, and even planting a couple of hundred seedlings. A couple of Tuesdays ago we were joined by fifteen Strathcona year 9 horticulture students, who planted about 200 seedlings in the mulched floodplain where we plan to work this Sunday.

Join us around 10 am any Tuesday near the pond below Union Road before we move to that day’s worksite. If you don’t find us initially, wander down the creek and we’ll catch up eventually. Wear sturdy footwear and a sunhat, and bring a raincoat, drink bottle, workgloves, litter bags and enthusiasm.

Afterwards we generally lunch at Café Biscotti, backing onto the Park at 929 Riversdale Road, so even if you can’t join us in the morning, you’re welcome for a gossip over some food or drink around midday.

Remember we work on the last Sunday monthly and the draft calendar for 2011 is:


  • 31 July = weed and plant below Delta Street 
  • 7 August = National Tree Day, 
  • 28 August = plant by Bonner Street, free Council BBQ 
  • 25 September = extend plantation below Scout Hall, free Council BBQ
  • 30 October = weed and mulch new area near Union Road to plant 2012 
  • 27 November = Spring Wildflower Walk

Thanks to all who’ve already joined or rejoined, but for the rest of you memberships for 2011 are now overdue, please print and complete the membership form attached and forward $30 per household, $15 for individuals or concession holders, or $100 for groups or corporate memberships (all inclusive of GST) to Acting Treasurer, Philip Crohn, 2/255 Mont Albert Road, phone 9836 3329.

A few weeks ago, long time FSSP member Frank Sharp died at the ripe old age of ninety years. He was born in 1920 in Brisbane, commanded World War Two RAAF radar stations at Cooktown, Dunk Island and Milne Bay (New Guinea), then worked across northern Australia designing, building and maintaining ABC radio and TV transmitters.

From about 1980 till about five years ago he and wife Nola lived in Varzin Avenue, surrounded by an award winning native garden. Over about a decade of active involvement with FSSP, Frank was a great inspiration, source of essential information about local botany and ecology, and a keen Wednesday and Sunday worker.

Near Union Road a clump of Dianella tasmannica and a copse of Banksias were both planted by Frank using material propagated from his home garden. About sixty people attended a service in Camberwell to celebrate Frank’s long and varied life. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

On Friday 15 July at 8 pm, the Australian Plant Society Maroondah will hold its monthly meeting at Manchester Unity Hall, 8 Main Street, Blackburn, Melway 47 K 10. Guest speaker John Morgan will discuss Alpine Vegetation. Admission $2 includes a raffle ticket and light supper.  More from www.vicnet.net.au/~apsmrdah, apsmaroondah@gmail.com or President Michael Cook on 417 539 740.

If you want more planting than is available in our local Park, try the ninth annual Grow West Community Planting Day on Sunday 17th July at the Yaloak Estate, Rowsley.  Join a volunteer force to plant 7,000 seedlings and see extensive revegetation works in the Rowsley Valley, part of the grand vision of Grow West, establishing biolinks from the Brisbane Ranges National Park across to Werribee Gorge State Park and Lerderderg State Park. The annual event is run in partnership with Grow West, Victorian National Parks Association, Friends of Werribee Gorge and Long Forest Mallee and Parks Victoria.
Details and registration from http://www.growwest.com.au/ or phone Grow West Coordinator, Tim Bloomfield on 03 9218 561.

Further afield and further ahead, the fourteenth biennial conference of the Victorian Environmental Friends Network will be held near Kyneton over the weekend 2 to 4 September this year. Total cost including accommodation and meals is $140. See attached FriendsNET newsletter and VEFN conference flyer for details.

Work in South Surrey Park is brought to you through the efforts of the Friends of South Surrey Park, a voluntary group working with the local community, City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water.  For information about your local Park, contact any committee member below. To receive up to date details of Park activities, including our next committee meeting on Tuesday 19 July, email philcrohn@ozemail.com.au or phone 9836 3329.

Pam Welsford (Chair) 9830 5178 welsford@lexicon.net
Maggie White (Secretary) 9888 4479 john_maggie@hotmail.com
Stuart Paxton (Treasurer) 9836 0893 paxtontown@gmail.com
Philip Crohn (Publicity) 9836 3329 philcrohn@ozemail.com.au
Ursula Povey 9836 6149 povey@hotkey.net.au

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Friends of South Surrey Park AGM 10 May 2011

2011 Annual General Meeting

Date at time: 7:30  pm  Tuesday 10  May
(Note one week earlier than previously advertised)

Venue: Surrey  Hills  Neighbourhood  Centre  Cottage, Bedford  Avenue (Melway 46 H 11)

Guest speaker:  Rob Ingram from Yarra Riverkeepers will discuss changing attitudes toward Melbourne’s iconic river.

Staff from City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water will discuss Current and future plans for South Surrey Park and Back Creek.

Stay  afterwards  for  free  drinks  and  bickies

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NOMINATION FOR POSITION ON COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT 2011

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Seconded by..........................................................................………….....................(name)

I accept this nomination...........................……..............(signature)...........……..........(date)

Nominations to FSSP Secretary, Maggie White, 77 Essex Road, Surrey Hills, 9888 4479, or at the AGM.
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Friends Of South Surrey Park News – April 2011

Next working bee - Sunday 1 May 2011, 10 am to midday

Bring family, friends and other willing workers

Help weed and tidy the creekline below Union Road

Wear sensible work clothes including sun hat, sturdy water-resistant footwear and workgloves, and bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain.

Stay afterwards for free drinks, bickies and a chat.

News

On the last Sunday in November last year, ten keen volunteers threw off their post election hangovers to brave a mild morning between forecast occasional showers.  Congratulations to keen Sunday toiler Rob Clark re-elected with an increased margin.

We mulched a new area to plant next year then collected several bags of weeds and litter from along the creek. That’s it for Sundays in 2010, but we’ll return on Sunday 1 May 2011, then the last Sunday monthly till November 2011.

A week later four of us enjoyed the annual City of Boroondara Parks & Gardens joint Advisory Committee & Friends Group's Christmas function. Long service awards went to Pam, Doug and the recently departed Frank Horwill.

Tuesday Toilers have also been busy over summer, removing vast quantities of weeds, spreading ute loads of mulch, collecting litter, pruning, and even planting about eighty seedlings. We’d hoped for a well deserved break, but the summer was so mild we were able to work right through.

This Sunday 1 May will be similar to last November, weeding and re-mulching the established plantations below Union Road. Please join us from 10 am, wearing suitable clothes including sturdy footwear, workgloves and sunhat, and bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain. Stay afterwards for free drinks and bickies.

AGM on Tuesday 10 May 2011 
Our 2011 AGM will be held on Tuesday 10 May (note one week earlier than previously advertised), at 7:30 pm, in the Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Cottage. Use the membership form below to rejoin before the AGM, then the nomination form if you think you or someone you know has the right stuff to join the committee. Business to be transacted at the AGM includes accepting the minutes of the 2010 AGM, electing a new committee and appointing an auditor.

Guest speaker Rob Ingram from the Yarra River Keepers Association will discuss the history and current health of Melbourne’s iconic waterway, and staff from City of Boroondara Parks and Gardens and from Melbourne Water will discuss current and future plans for Back Creek and South Surrey Park. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 24 May, details from any committee member listed below.

2011 Activities
We’ve recently received a $712 support grant from Melbourne Water which will help fund our activities this year.

The current draft Sunday plan for 2010 is:

  • 1 May = weed and mulch Union Rd bank and along creek, install new nest boxes
  • 29 May = weed and mulch area next to 5 Delta St
  • 26 June = weed and replant upstream of little bridge
  • 31 July = weed and plant below Delta Street
  • 7 August = National Tree Day, extend plantation below Scout Hall, free Council BBQ
  • 28 August = weed and plant below Delta Street
  • 25 September = Spring Planting Festival, extend plantations near Union Road
  • 30 October = Spring Wildflower Walk
  • 27 November = weed and mulch new area to plant 2012


Other events

On Thursday 19 May at 8 pm, the Australian Plant Society Waverley will hold its monthly meeting at Wadham House, 52 Wadham Parade, Mount Waverley, Melway 61 E 12. Guest speaker Graham Goods will discuss Flora of the Little Desert. More than 670 species of native plants have been recorded between the Wimmera River and the South Australian border, representing about one fifth of Victoria's indigenous flora. Free admission. More from Jenny Kelso, 9889 1195, or http://home.vicnet.net.au/~apswvley.

On Friday 20 May at 8 pm, the Australian Plant Society Maroondah will hold its monthly meeting at Manchester Unity Hall, 8 Main Street, Blackburn, Melway 47 K 10. Guest speaker Professor Phil Keane will discuss Fungal diversity in Victoria. Admission $2 includes a raffle ticket and light supper.  More from www.vicnet.net.au/~apsmrdah, apsmaroondah@gmail.com or President Graeme Nicholls on 9893 4422.

Planting your home garden with indigenous plants

Now is a good time to replant your home garden, with warm soil and ample moisture. A good source of locally indigenous plants is GreenLink Box Hill community nursery, 41 Wimmera Street, Box Hill North, Melway 47 E6.  Open every Tuesday morning, plus Saturday 21 May, 9 am – midday, selling a fantastic range of local plants, mostly under $2. More from https://sites.google.com/site/greenlinkboxhill or 0437 946 752.

About Friends of South Surrey Park
Work in South Surrey Park is brought to you through the efforts of the Friends of South Surrey Park, a voluntary group working with the local community, City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water.  For information about your local Park, contact any committee member. To receive up to date details of Park activities, or to receive this newsletter electronically, email philcrohn@ozemail.com.au or phone 9836 3329.