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Jubilee planting now complete

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Tree Planting project was begun in April last year, thanks to a $10,000 Federal grant administered by BIEPA, and is now completed — yay!

So many volunteers helped with this project

About the site

We didn’t get our first choice of Council site to enhance with shade trees and habitat; the consolation site was Ernest Sendall Park on Kangaroo Avenue. This is still a spectacular site with many beautiful mature trees. Our aim was to create a forest area. The main difficulties with this site have been the lack of water and the hardness of the ground.

About the project

Mark Stanton-Cook and I lead the first community planting on October 22nd, 2022. We realised over time that the hard clay-pan surface is marine mud. This acid sulphate soil was dredged from the canals when the original housing development was created. The ground therefore acts differently than the sandy loam soils typical of most of the island.

With Council watering and the introduction of mulch, we have been lucky to have over 95% of that initial planting survive.

About the final planting

For the final planting, we have tried a different approach. With the guidance of BIEPA member Ron Notham, we pre-dug the perimeter of the site and have planted 200 shrubs (mostly grevilleas and callistemons) into a sandy loam soil enhanced with organic fertiliser.

The site is being watered by BIEPA members until the plants get more established. Tom Thumb Tree Services have donated mulch, so the site should be looking verdant and colourful in a couple of months.

Final words

Our aim is to create habitat for flora and fauna and a beautiful place for people to sit and enjoy native plants.

A big thank-you to all BIEPA members and other community members, too numerous to mention by name, who have all helped with the spade work and watering. A special thanks to Nicole Byrne, Senior Environment Officer at MBCC, who has been a tremendous help with this project.

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Unknown member
Sep 09, 2023

Well done Glenda, Ron, Geoff, Brendan, Sally and so many others who have made this tremendous result happen. It's exciting to see BIEPA attracting great volunteers, and giving the whole community an opportunity to participate in real on ground projects.


Unknown member
Sep 05, 2023

Congratulations Glenda, a job well done.The area planted will look fantastic in years to come. David and Ann

Unknown member
Sep 09, 2023
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Your assistance and support is much appreciated, David and Ann.


Unknown member
Sep 04, 2023

What a great project and one that will only grow and provide wildlife habitat as well as being a source of pride and pleasure for the those who use the park. Thank you, Glenda and your team, for making it happen. Jenny and Rhys

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