Tree planting workshop - Pipers Creek

The new president of Pipers Creek and District Landcare Charlotte Blair is seen here with her sons Harrison and Jamie walking through a property that was once covered in gorse with former president Peter Sporle. The landcare group is holding an event 'Tree Planting for Small Blocks' on October 28. Photo: Sandy Scheltema

The new president of Pipers Creek and District Landcare Charlotte Blair is seen here with her sons Harrison and Jamie walking through a property that was once covered in gorse with former president Peter Sporle. The landcare group is holding an event 'Tree Planting for Small Blocks' on October 28. Photo: Sandy Scheltema

Do you live in the Pipers Creek area and want to learn about successful tree planting for small blocks?

Do you have a gorse problem and need help in managing it?

Are indian mynas scaring away your native birds? Why not join in a free barbecue lunch and workshop with Pipers Creek and District Landcare and learn from experienced landcarers.

Following their AGM on Saturday, October 28, PCDL will be presenting a workshop on 'tree planting for small blocks', where you can roll up your sleeves and join experienced landcare members in a hands-on tree planting workshop in a roadside plantation which was burnt by fire last year.

Learn from a passionate native vegetation 'guru' about alternatives to cypress pine and straight line planting.

Find out how you can successfully create a native windbreak, bird habitat or sustainable screen using beautiful locally sourced indigenous trees and under-storey plants.

PCDL is committed to gorse control in the area and by joining the group a 50 per cent rebate for the purchase of chemicals is available, along with the subsidised use of a purpose-built 400-litre spray unit, practical advice on how and when to spray, as well as advice on integrated control measures.

Charlotte Blair, Pipers Creek and District Landcare's new president, said it was important for our children to understand about sustainability.

"We want to learn about indigenous plants and animals, what's a weed, and how to care for the land," she said. "The demographics of this area are changing. There are a lot of people coming from the city, a lot of new families.

"We'd like to help educate new landowners on how to look after and sustain their land.

"By joining our group people can enjoy educative social functions, and learn from experienced landcarers how to care for our land sustainably."

The barbecue and workshop will be held at 45 Murphys Road (off Pipers Creek St Marys Lane Crossroad) Kyneton from 12pm on October 28.

RSVP to Charlotte Blair at piperscreeklandcare@gmail.com

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