Calivil Recreation Reserve Restoration
The East Loddon Landcare Group with the assistance of the Loddon Plains Landcare Network is undertaking a project to restore a section of the Calivil Recreation Reserve thanks to a grant from the State Government’s Communities for Nature round 2012.
The project includes spraying out Wheat Grass and Spiny Rush and the planting of 2000 trees to restore the area to it’s previous Plains Woodlands habitat. The project aims to get local students involved in planting and is supported by the Calivil Recreation Reserve Committee.
Nestboxes for Kids
As part of the Start Up grant received from the Victorian Local Landcare Facilitator Initiative, the Network trialled a Nestboxes for Kids project with Bridgewater Primary School. The project involved the design and construction of nestboxes by the Bridgewater-Inglewood Men’s Shed, with an afternoon of learning about nestboxes with the students at Bridgewater Primary School.
Thanks to a successful trial and a grant from the Loddon Shire Community Grants Scheme, the Network is rolling out this program to other schools in the region in 2014.
Goldfields Bridal Creeper Bash
This project was completed in 2013. The Inglewood Landcare Group with assistance from the Loddon Plains Landcare Network undertook spraying of Bridal Creeper at the Inglewood Morning Star Reserve in early October 2013.
The 39 acre public reserve in Inglewood formed the basis of the Network’s Bridal Creeper project. Training in chemical use in March allowed the volunteers to undertake the spraying with the assistance of a works crew.
The Network also hosted a Weeds Night in Inglewood as part of the project. Attendees heard from three speakers including the Network’s Facilitator Anthony Gallacher, Jeroen van Veen from Bush Heritage and Ian McLauchlan from the Loddon Shire, who all talked about various local weed issues.
The project was funded through a State Government Victorian Landcare Grant from the North Central Catchment Management Authority. Many thanks to all those who got involved.
Trees for Mum
The Loddon Plains Landcare Network in conjunction with the North Central CMA held a successful Trees for Mum event at the Boort P-12 College on Friday 10th May 2013. 140 students took part in the event, held with 7 classes across the day with the theme “Trees for Mum are Trees for Everyone”.
Adding an educational twist to the event, students were involved in lessons on the importance of trees in the landscape, before taking home a show bag of goodies and a tree to plant with their mum on their property for Mother’s day.
The day was very well received by students and teachers alike. Many thanks to Jodie Odgers at the North Central CMA for supporting the event and to Boort P-12 College for allowing the Network to host the event at the school. For more information on other Trees for Mum events visit: www.treesformum.com.