Wattle Working Bee 2020

Welcome back!  2020 has been a strange and often frustrating year for us all.  The Friends have not been able to hold most of our regular working bees.  With restrictions easing, we’re looking to schedule a new working bee next Sunday, and hope you’ll be able to join us in

Start

November 8, 2020 - 10:00 am

End

November 8, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Address

Honeycomb Dr, Castlemaine VIC 3450, Australia   View map

Welcome back!  2020 has been a strange and often frustrating year for us all.  The Friends have not been able to hold most of our regular working bees.  With restrictions easing, we’re looking to schedule a new working bee next Sunday, and hope you’ll be able to join us in taking advantage of the weather, the great growing conditions after good rains, and the renewed opportunity for company.

The details are as follows:

Activity:  Come along and help us find and protect the germinating wattles that we sowed back in July.

Our newly emerging wattles are still only tiny, but now is a good time to discover where they are and protect them (before the wallabies and kangaroos start eating them!).
We’ll start with a quick inspection of our wildflower enclosure: it’s looking absolutely lovely at the moment. Here’s a recent photo. There’s more photos online here.
Then the hunt begins!  We’ll fan out across the valley to look for the wattle seedlings.  Once discovered, we’ll protect each spot: temporarily with tangles of branches we collect nearby, or ‘permanently’ with netting guards * if we’ve been able to collect enough of them.

Time:    Sunday 8 November  Meet at 10:00 AM here outside the enclosure.  We’ll finish by 12.00.

Leave cars at the parking area at the north end of Honeycomb Road. It’s a two minute (180 m) stroll  down the trail to the meeting spot.

Bring:    gloves.  Please wear a hat, sturdy clothing and footwear suitable for the weather and bring your own drinking water and any snacks you might want.  We’ll supply the rest.

Don’t forget your face mask!  CoVID 19 restrictions will still be in place, so unfortunately no morning tea can be supplied .

Coronavirus protocols:

Important: Please let us know if you plan to attend this activity, so that we can organise numbers according to the guidelines that are applying at the time.  You can register your interest on our website, or send me an email.

The following provisions are for the protection of attendees, and to ensure our volunteers are covered by insurance.

  • You must wear a face mask.  Please bring your own.
  • Hand sanitisers will be available.
  • Social distancing:  numbers in each group will be limited according to current government advice, and volunteers (adults and children) will maintain a 1.5 metres separation from those not in their household.
  • There will be no sharing of equipment, including tools, gloves and sign-on sheets.  Bring your own equipment, or use our pre-sanitised equipment, and then maintain exclusive use of those for the morning.
  • Unfortunately we will not provide our usual shared morning tea.  If needed, please bring your own drinks and snacks.
  • We will make sure we have a record of everyone who has attended, and their contact information should there need to be a follow-up.
  • Do NOT attend if you are feeling unwell, if you have concerns about your own health or that of vulnerable people you are close to.
  • If you become concerned about your health in the days following the activity, let us know so that others can be alerted.
  • Plans may need to be reviewed and changed at short notice, depending on changing advice.

*If you have the time and interest in the week prior to the working bee, we can arrange to have small groups gather netting guards that have served their purpose on past plantings.  They’re scattered around our whole working area, so please let me know if you’d like to be involved, and we can then contact you to give directions.

We’re looking forward to seeing you again.

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