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, 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. 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, 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:

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 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 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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