Friends of South Surrey Park News - August 2010

Welcome to the post election edition of FSSP news, written as we still don’t know whether South Surrey Park will be moving forward, sideways, or backwards, or standing up for real action against great big new taxes, wasteful debts, and flotillas of boats full of illegals heading up Back Creek towards Surrey Hills.

On Sunday 25 July eleven volunteers, including two children, enjoyed another cool start for a very productive morning. We planted about 850 seedlings, generously donated by the City of Boroondara, to extend the National Tree Day plantation below the Scout Hall. Local state politician and regular volunteer Rob Clark brought along Josh Frydenberg, Liberal candidate for the federal seat of Kooyong, who also worked very hard. Congratulations to Josh for a convincing victory on Saturday, and we look forward to working with him as our local member.

This Sunday 29 August we’ve got about 1000 seedlings to extend the existing plantation behind the Riversdale Road shops. Join us from 10 am, wearing suitable clothes including sturdy footwear, workgloves and sunhat. Bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain, then stay afterwards for free drinks and bickies.

Tuesday Toilers are keeping busy pruning, removing weeds and litter, and spreading yet more mulch. We’ve also planted about 400 more seedlings at various sites between Union Road and the big bridge. Join us around 10 am near the pond below Union Road before we move to that day’s worksite, but 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 CafĂ© 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.

However on Tuesday 7 September, Tuesday Toilers will join the Native Food Plant Tour of Wurundjeri Gardens, Glan Avon Road, Hawthorn (Melway 45 A 11), from 10:30 am. See Boroondara Walk and Talk leaflet for details.

We work on the last Sunday monthly, and our draft calendar for the rest of 2010 is:

  • 26 September - Spring Planting Festival – extend plantations near Union Road
  • 31 October - Spring Wildflower Walk
  • 28 November - weed and mulch new area to plant 2011

With sadness we report the departure of very long term member Frank Horwill, who’s been an active mid week volunteer since last millennium, and served on the committee since 2004, including four years as treasurer. He’s off to greener pastures on the north coast of NSW and we wish him best of luck.

The City of Boroondara is celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity with grants of equipment to Friends groups, and we’ve received a new wheel barrow and a selection of hand tools. We’ve also spent some of our Canterbury and Surrey Hills Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) sponsorship on more planters, mulch forks and weeding tools.

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

Community plantings followed by free barbecue lunches, Sundays 10 am – 12:30.
  • 29 August, Summerhill Park, Ferndale Road, Glen Iris, Melway 60 B7.
  • 12 September, Koonung Creek Reserve, Balwyn Road, Balwyn North, Melway 32 F 11.
  • 19 September, Dorothy Laver Reserve, Saxby Road, Glen Iris, Melway 59 K 10.

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

Wednesday 8 September, Owl Prowl, 6:45 - 8 pm pm, Jack O’Toole Reserve, Kew, Melway, 45 E2.

Garden Heritage Tours, 10:30 am – 11:30 am:
  • Thursday 9 September, Canterbury Gardens, Chaucer Crescent, Melway, 46 D 11.
  • Tuesday 14 September, Alexandra Gardens, rear of Kew Library, Melway 45 D 6.
  • Thursday 16 Sept, Maranoa Gardens, Parring Rd, Melway 46 G 7.

Wednesday 22 Sept, Wildflower Walk, 10:30 -11:30 am, Welfare Parade, Glen Iris, Melway 60 E 7.

Tuesday 28 September, 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, eat a free lunch.

One of Josh Frydenberg’s election promises is the formation of a Green Army to enact local environmental initiatives. See attached press release. We await details of how the workers will be selected, trained and supervised and how they will contribute to ongoing long term environmental projects.

On Thursday 16 September 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 John Thompson will discuss Stylidiums the fascinating Australian genus of Trigger Plants. Free admission. More from Jenny Kelso, 9889 1195, or

Further north, the Regent Honeyeater Project are restoring Box-Ironbark landscapes near Benalla, reducing salinity and erosion and providing habitat for endangered wildlife. The 2010 season is shaping up to be one of the most productive for several years, with over twenty significant habitat sites being planned. They offer free accommodation, a free feast followed by bush dancing on Saturday evening, and a free barbecue lunch on Sunday.

Their 2010 planting weekends are scheduled for 4-5 and 18-19 September. Please bring friends to join other enthusiastic people and experience the fun and sense of community working together 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,, or

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 morning, plus Saturdays 18 September and 23 October, 9 am – midday, selling a fantastic range of local plants, mostly under $2. More from or 9808 8471.

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.


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