21st November 2023 |
Within the Deloraine town boundaries, lies an exquisite 14-acre area known as the Wildwood, home to native animals including pademelons, possums, snakes, frogs, quolls, rakali and bandicoots, large trees, both native and introduced, and at least fifteen species of birds...
Words from Wildwood Landcare Group
A former nineteenth century picnic ground, the Wildwood has been left somewhat neglected for the last fifty years, resulting in the encroachment of invasive weeds, erosion of the walking track and rubbish accumulation.
The Wildwood Landcare Group was formed in August 2023, with the objective
“to improve the physical landscape, encourage wildlife habitat, and foster community involvement on the land known as the Wildwood”.
A Wildwood Master Plan was developed in conjunction with land-owners Meander Valley Council, and by consultation with local flora and fauna experts – who also made the discovery that the Wildwood was home to at least one threatened species – native hemp bush.
The first Wildwood Landcare Group working bee was held on the 11th October 2023. Twenty volunteers attended, planting out over 100 native trees, shrubs and grasses adjacent to the main pathway, and protecting them with staked tree-guards.
Plantings such as these will be on-going, to provide both land stabilisation, and optimal habitat for the native inhabitants.
Our major problem is the control of invasive sycamore and willow species. If anyone else has had any experience with this, we would be very grateful for their advice.
Get in touch
Name: Chel Bardell
Mobile phone: 0457 194 133
Email: [email protected]
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