Wittonga Park Bushcare Group

Group convenors: Kath and Bernie Stockill

The Wittonga Park Bushcare Group is restoring the headwaters of Fish Creek within Wittonga Park, The Gap.

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

For more information phone Kath Stockill on 07 3300 4259.

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.