Clean Up Australia Day

A fantastic clean up at the plots!

Beautiful weather on the 5th of March enabled 16 volunteers to collect a tray truck of rubbish.

This was on top of a trailer load taken away at our last working bee.

We concentrated on plastic, especially small pieces.  We also found dumped near the rear fire access path machinery parts and containers of unknown liquids.

Participants, many of whom were not plot holders, were interested to hear a brief history of the community gardens and future developments from Daryl, the activity leader.

Kerry Howard, a plot holder and lecturer at Swinburne Uni, spoke about the local flora and introduced weeds.  Then Kerry and Colin Newberry led groups around the site.

An extensive lunch was served up by BBQ whiz, John Franz.

A lunchtime talk was given by Pat, who had just returned from CFA duty at the bushfires.

Representatives of Knox Council’s Biodiversity team, who came to take away the rubbish, acknowledged the wonderful work of the volunteers and were asked to give an impromptu talk about council activities regarding local biodiversity.

Everyone was thanked and invited back for our 35th anniversary festivities in October.

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