Grow West planting day 19 July

June 5 is World Environment Day and if you like to plan ahead here is a great way to help the environment and be part of the bigger picture, by going along to a planting day in July. Grow West will be celebrating 10 years of community action.

Grow West’s vision is to rejuvenate 10,000 hectares of the upper Werribee catchment, west of Melbourne by connecting large areas of public reserves; Brisbane Ranges National Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and up through to Lerderderg State Park, through a mosaic of restoration works on private property.

Grow West is a collaborative project where local communities work together with all levels of government, businesses and organisations to achieve the best outcome for the region in the most effective and sustainable way.

Come and help Grow West plant 5,000 indigenous plants for a better, greener future
Sunday 19th July 2015, 9:30am – 4pm at Ironbark Rd, Rowsley
To register click here and for further details download the Information Pack here

Why Plant Names Change


June 9th 7:30 p.m.
Geelong Botanic Gardens – Friends Room.

Speaker: Neville Walsh, Senior Conservation Botanist at the
Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne

“Why Plant Names Change”

“Moving the goalposts”-Plant nomenclature in a molecular age.
The “rules “of plant nomenclature and the ways these rules have been broken in the past, necessitating changes and finding ways to maintain stability.
Inevitably, molecular advances are increasingly throwing light on plant relationships
and influencing name changes.

Survey about the new park

Pink Fingers

Pink Fingers

The Canadian Forest on the edge of Ballarat East is about to be made into a park. If you know the area and would like to make an online submission, the process is still open and will close on the 30th April 2015  link to the survey.

The online submission also contains survey questions which will give the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) a clearer picture about how people use or want to use the forest. This will be the last chance to have your say about the boundaries, the establishment of the park and your use of the park.