Monday, April 27, 2009

Cottesloe Native Garden continued...

Regular readers of our blog will know how precious this small section of native bush is to the members of Cottesloe Coastcare, and to other people in our community who love to walk along the sand path and listen to the birds in the grevilleas and grass trees. This is the only site in Cottesloe where there is such richness of local native remnant species. The limestone outcrops through the site provide a special habitat to many plant species which grow on no other sites in our town. ( see the article 'Plants to Plant' on our website for a full list of species from this site)

Town of Cottesloe has donated $3,000 to CCA to pay for seedlings of some 'very difficult to grow species' which occur at this site, many of these plants are in very small numbers. Some species have only one or two specimens remaining but CCA is keen to build up the numbers again so that there is a better chance of those plant species not being lost to our town - unlike so many others before them.

CCA volunteers planted several species including: Scaevola anchusifolia and Dianella revoluta.These two species have very few remnant plants in Cottesloe and now there is a greater chance of these species remaining here for future generations of birds, insects, lizards... and people to use and to enjoy!

This picture shows the site of our planting working bee. The area was thick with the troublesome woody weed, Victorian Tee Tree. Some of these weeds were removed during an earlier working bee and now we are keen to reintroduce the local plants which have been struggling against the weed invasion.

We will continue to update the blog so that you will see how this area can recover over the next few years. Weed control is a long term commitment so we will be looking for a few extra hands to help us remove Carnation weed and other nasties in the spring. `

To read an earlier blog about preparing the site for planting Click here
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More planting - with Therapy Focus

Some long waited for rain suddenly
arrived as we all got to work on the morning of April 22nd. Unfortunately, however, it was a fleeting shower and so we could not avoid having to water in the seedlings as we planted. One day we look forward to planting into wet sandy soil... but this has not happened for several years!

A team of people from 'Therapy Focus' joined us for the morning. Therapy Focus is a non- profit organisation which provides services to almost 2,500 young people in WA. They provide therapy and professional services to children with a disability or learning disadvantage- to help these children grow to achieve their full potential.
The group watered seedlings that we planted three weeks ago, planted another 150 seedlings, expertly, and placed a truckload of brush material on the foredune infront of 'Barchetta Cafe'. Unfortunately some people insist on clambering under the fence to access the beach, causing erosion in this area. A load of brush was putting a stop to this activity before the summer but then the brush was all gathered up and burnt on a fire on the beach in January!!!... so we needed to start again to try to prevent this area blowing out during winter.

Anthony is a member of CCA and with his friends and family he cares for a section of the foreshore running north from the Grant Street ramp. For several years now his team have been planting and caring for seedlings in this area. Despite that commitment Anthony joined us all at Grant Marine Park, and here he is showing off his superior planting skills. Thank you Anthony, friends and family!
A group of workers from Therapy Focus (above) plus all the hard working Therapy focus team - with our North Metro Coastcare officer, Kate Sputore (below). It was Kate's birthday, but the wind was too strong to light the candles on her cake... so he she is clutching her cake so that it does not blow away in the wind, while we all sang her "Happy Birthday dear Kate".
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We have started planting for 2009

The week before Easter was a busy one as we had four days of work at three CCA project sites. Woodside sponsored a small team of workers from Conservation Volunteers Australia to help us with our work. Many thanks to Woodside and to the hard working CVA volunteers.
We planted local provenance seedlings at Cottesloe Native Garden, Mudurup Rocks and at Grant Marine Park. The car park verge at Grant Marine Park was full of weeds. The seed from these weeds has been blowing into the natural areas of the park. Town of Cottesloe worked with CCA to get rid of the weeds and now we are planting the site with local plants. This will be more attractive and importantly will provide berries for the local birds and insects and provide plants for insects which in turn will feed all those birds that we all enjoy seeing.
This team of enthusiastic workers from the Business Analysis - Viability section of HBF joined us all on Thursday 9th April. Another great team of workers! Many thanks to HBF for their support.
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Monday, April 06, 2009

Seeds for the future

It is that time of the year again - for some weeks Cottesloe Coastcarers have been collecting seeds of their local plants for future projects. Last Sunday, on our first regular working day, we had some welcome helpersAmanda, Lucy and Elena from Iona Presentation College spent a beautiful Sunday morning helping us to collect the somewhat elusive seeds of our coastal Scaevola crassifolia:
The light blue, sweetly scented fan-flower of this coastal species with its dark-green, fleshy leaves has been blooming profusely this year.

On the left CCA member Jan explains to Elena that the name of the plant means 'left-handed' because the petals of the flowers are arranged like the fingers of a left hand.

We also collected seeds of the silvery coastal daisy (Olearia axillaris), the striking red berries of the Rhagodia baccata and heads of brown spikelets from our local knotted club-rush (Ficinia nodosa).

The seeds will now be dried, processed and propagated for our future plantings - maybe our lovely helpers will be with us again in time to come when we plant the seedlings that have resulted from this Sunday's collections.

(Photos by Sue Freeth)