Sunday 5th October 2014 Bushland Busy Bee in Minim Cove Park



We’d love some help this Sunday in Minim Cove Park from 9am to 11am!


As you may be aware, there has been some mature tuart tree clearing in Mosman Park, on McCabe street, to make way for houses! Yes, this valuable asset the government is realising has been cleared to the minimum of 10% retention. Although a very sad time for residents of Mosman Park, our Natural Resources Manager, Heidi Khojasteh, has made sure the logs can be used around our town. Mark (husband) has been working on trying to stop the water erosion through the bushland along the path from the MCP BBQ. Last month’s Sunday busy bee, Heidi joined us and offered branches and logs from the felling to help with the erosion problem until we can get some plants established. So this Sunday, Mark, especially is looking for some help placing the logs.


If there are any spare bodies on Sunday, I’d love some help to weed Gnarangup beach before the “Bush to Beach Walk”. Remember last year, Greg Keighery, a botanist with DEC, who had done previous surveys of MP’s flora came to visit us to clarify some plants for us. He left us his list of plants surveyed in th 1980’s. Native spinach was listed as a species at Gnarangup beach! Sure enough, there were 3 plants! Only one was in a sheltered position to thrive. I collected seed through out the summer and in May a couple of us direct seeded them. After an initial herbicide spray killing all the young provenance recruitments of native spinach, our seeds came up and are looking fabulous. Help me grow them up by hand weeding this Sunday!


The natty thing about the native spinach is the associated moth which hardly damages the plant but keeps the local small birds fed!


Soon when we have spare seeds you can all grow it in your own back yards as a source of food for you and wildlife!


Forecast is for rain on Sunday! Can we be that lucky? May need a raincoat! Otherwise same as usual, protective shoes, hat and water bottle! Morning tea at 11am when we finish!


Meet at the small gate into the bushland at the end of the Fairbairn street pathway.