Wittonga Park Bushcare Group

Group convenors: Natalie Costanzo and Diane Allen

 

The Wittonga Park Bushcare Group is restoring the headwaters of Fish Creek within Wittonga Park, The Gap. After the big community planting in 2019 to celebrate SOWN’s 25th anniversary, new convenors Natalie and Diane have taken on the group.

The group meets on the second Sunday of the month from 8am to 10 am.

For more information, you can contact Natalie on 0432 944 688 or email  at WittongaParkBushcare@gmail.com.

The group has a Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/wittongaparkbushcare/

For over 10 years,  Kath and Bernie Stockill led the group and planted the draining channels to provide vital shade to the creek, removed weeds and improved biodiversity for local wildlife.

The Wittonga Park plantings are designed to create a canopy to starve the weeds of sunlight.

The banks alpong the creeks are mostly steeper than they should be, this is a result of fill being dumped, unnatural erostion, vine growth and other weeds that don’t allow a natural bank formation.

Replanting red cedar (Toona ciliata), which was harvested even before farming began, is an important step in restoring the natural ecosystem.

Previously it was thought that creeks were not part of parks – now we realise they are the life blood, and must be restored.

A young canopy with macarangas – a pioneer species.