Revegetation at the Brady Swamp complex tops off recent restoration earthworks!

Revegetation at the Brady Swamp complex tops off recent restoration earthworks!

Temperatures recently plummeted as south-eastern Australia experienced a extreme cold snap – but we didn’t let the coldest winter blast in fifteen years interrupt our planting day plans!

Nine dedicated (and rugged up) staff and volunteers headed out to the site north of Dunkeld to plant 500 trees, shrubs, and sedges across two backfilled drain sites, at Gooseneck and Brady Swamps on 13 July. The team also direct seeded an area with Milky Beauty-heads (Calocephalus lacteus), which will be in bloom in springtime.

The planting layout mirrored the surrounding vegetation as the revegetation works form the final step in the wetland restoration plan for this site (you can read about the ‘disappearing’ artificial drains here). The rain did not dampen our spirits, and we are happy that the plants got a good watering in – now we just need some more rain to fill the swamps to top off a very satisfying couple of years of working to restore these swamps!

Planting at Gooseneck Swamp

Direct seeding by hand

A ‘planted’ mature Red Gum by optical illusion – thanks to Lachie’s creative eye!

Happy as a pig in mud!

Very dedicated – and muddy – tree planters

 

 

Rose Thompson
Rose Thompson
rose.thompson@natureglenelg.org.au