Messmate Park Bushcare News & Next Meeting

It is amazing what is surviving in these very dry conditions – small plants that have been smothered by Molasses grass are being unearthed.  Lomandra, Dianella, Breynia and some Eucalyptus Tereticornis are now visible. The hardy slash pine, ochna and Cadaghi were added to the growing pile of grasses and weeds that were put back to mulch around our new found plants.

We call this Gympie Messmate (Eucalyptus cloeziana) the old man of the park – we are guessing the age 100 years or more?  The hollows provide shelter and breeding sites for possums, gliders, birds etc.  The base of the tree has been damaged by fire and the area inside is large enough to stand upright.

The seed pods of the Wombat Berry are making a splash of colour.  According to traditional Aboriginal use, the roots are eaten raw and are sweet tasting.

Saturday 19th October, 8.30-11am is our next meeting.  Plans for the day will be to continue clearing a koala corridor parallel to Priddy Road.  Morning Tea will follow after our mornings exertions.  Wear sturdy shoes, hat and bring water plus favourite tools.

For more information, please contact Sandra Lalor: 0412 137 187