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, 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 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 or phone 9836 3329.

Pam Welsford (Chair) 9830 5178
Maggie White (Secretary) 9888 4479
Stuart Paxton (Treasurer) 9836 0893
Philip Crohn (Publicity) 9836 3329
Ursula Povey 9836 6149


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