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 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,, or

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, 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 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 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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