On Saturday 10th April in fine, sunny conditions, 5 enthusiastic UTAS Landcarers arrived at SCAGI's Seymour Wetland Restoration Project to help weed around some of the 400 trees which were planted in June and September last year.
This restoration project is part of the Landcare Action Grants program funded by the Tasmanian Government, with additional funds from donations to the Tasmanian Landcare Fund and 15 Trees.
Image: Not-so-pretty! Gorse in flower. Photo by Joy Pfleger
Attention was given to any flowering gorse spotted, as well as culling any other gorse encountered. It's a good time of year when the gorse reveals itself through its conspicuous yellow flowers.
Image: Beautiful landscape with last year's plantings. Photo by Joy Pfleger
The trees have had an amazing growing season, as has the gorse & weeds, unfortunately. Along with a couple of local volunteers, the group cut and pasted a good amount of gorse from the roadside heading north into the project area.
The sun was shining and morning tea and lunch were both enjoyed in warm sunny conditions. We did notice ominous clouds to the south and before afternoon tea break, a quick scramble to cover was made as hail was starting to fall, and the wind began gusting strongly….temp drop of 10 degrees in 10 mins!
A pleasant break was had with Dani at his home, for a cuppa and a warm up before another hour or so amongst the gorse and trees before the end of the day. The group was hosted for the night by Kez Smith at her home, where tents were set up around a fire pot.
A shared dinner was enjoyed by everyone. Sunday was clear and cool, so work began again mid morning, however after a couple of hours the strong wind had made conditions pretty bleak, so we called an early end to proceedings. Lunch at Aurora with Dani was a delightful way to catch up before everyone heading off home.
Image: Can you spot the Landcarers? Ink and Harriet getting stuck in. Photo by Joy Pfleger.
Luke and Harriet made an incredible effort driving from Strahan for the events, such commitment was very much appreciated.
Thank you to all who attended, your enthusiasm and delightful company add immeasurably to these events. This being the third visit to Seymour in less than a year….the group are very grateful for your assistance.
Image: Unbelievable scenes! Photo by Joy Pfleger.