Next Working Bee: Sunday 28 May 2017

14 05 2017

If you loved our Trees for Mum planting day, or sadly missed out,  never fear! Our next working bee is only a couple of weeks away and will involve more delightful planting.

On Sunday the 28th of May 2017, from 9am till 12pm, we are aiming to plant 120 grasses in the Envirofund paddocks alongside Five Mile Creek. This will add important understory to our existing revegetation sites. Alongside Trees for Mum, this forms part of the planting component of our current Threatened Species Protection grant from the Victorian Government.

Parking will be at the North end of Wood St on the South side of Five Mile Creek (ie. near the Badgers Removals depot). Bring warm clothing, a kneeling pad, gloves and sturdy footwear. Morning tea will be provided and the tool trailer will be onsite.

Newcomers are very welcome. We are hoping to see many helpers at our last Sunday working bee before the the Winter break. Contact or call 5427 2312 for further details and to RSVP.


We had perfect conditions for our 2017 Trees for Mum planting day on mothers day. A constant stream of eager planters saw 400 indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses put in near Lake Earnshaw. A huge thanks to all who came along to plant a living legacy for a loved one and to the incredible Woodland Landcare team of volunteers for making the morning the success it was. Click here to see lots more happy snaps.

Click on the following links for more local and regional Landcare news…

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network April News

North Central Chat – May 2016


A tree for your mum on Mother’s Day

30 04 2017

Come along and plant with your mum or for your mum on Mother’s Day at this free event.

Woodend Landcare is hosting Trees for Mum on Sunday, 14 May from 9.30am to midday at Lake Earnshaw, behind Gilbert Gordon Oval.

Trees for Mum is a series of Australia-wide tree planting events run by Landcare on Mother’s Day. These events started in Sydney in 2002 by friends and colleagues, Deena Raphael and Lauren Adlam, as a way of paying tribute to their mums, who they had both lost to cancer; Trees for Mum in Woodend is in its sixth year.

Over the past few years Woodend Landcare’s Thursday crew have been hard at work restoring this historic site from an overgrown mass of blackberries to the tranquil open space it is today, which makes it the perfect choice for Trees for Mum 2017.
The trees and shrubs will be a range of natives suitable for the climate and location and the Woodend Landcare team will be on hand with plenty of tools to help you plant. Participants will be given a tree or shrub plus some grasses to plant, providing native understorey and further improving the habitat at Lake Earnshaw.

We recommend you wear gumboots and bring along some gloves. The site will be well sign-posted from High Street – parking is available. There’s no need to book this year, but if you do have a question call Angela on 0409 373 010 or email

Download poster here

All photo credits Kim Selby Photography









Sunday 23 April – Working Bee @ Lake Earnshaw

10 04 2017

Our next Sunday working bee is aimed at final preparation for this years Trees For Mum planting day. Trees For Mum is held on mothers day (the 14th of May) and this years site is near Lake Earnshaw. We will be spreading some wood chips and laying out and pegging down some rolls of slotted jute matting. There is also some cutting and poisoning of woody weeds nearby.

  • When: Sunday 23 April 2017
  • Time: 9am till 12 noon
  • Where: Lake Earnshaw near Gilbert Gordon Oval
  • Parking: creek side of the grandstand at Gilbert Gordon oval
  • Bring: gloves, gumboots, secateurs, suitable old clothing. Tool trailer on site.
  • Morning tea provided!

Newcomers are most welcome – there will be engaging jobs for all ages at this working bee. Contact or call 5427 2312 for further details and to RSVP.

earnshaw in snow

Hopefully there will be no snow on the 23rd of April – but Lake Earnshaw looks stunning in all weather conditions. Thanks to Pene Rice for the photo.

Land management information session

Date: Saturday 22 April 2017
Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm (registration 9am – 9:30am, lunch 1pm) 
Where: Romsey Community Hub, 96–100 Main Street, Romsey
Cost: Free, with a light lunch provided
What: This FREE information session will provide new, absentee and small-acreage land owners with an introduction to better management of small rural properties. It aims to ensure that natural resource management issues are a core consideration of landholders when making decisions about their property. Taking timely land management action now will save money, time and effort later.
What topics will be covered?: this information session covers a range of land management issues, including:

  • Land use & land capability
  • Soils
  • Livestock management & animal welfare
  • Grazing management & pastures
  • Controlling weeds & pest animals
  • Revegetation & biodiversity
  • Landholder responsibilities
  • Waterway health & farm water supplies
  • Landcare

Learn how to design a low-input (in terms of labour and capital) rural property while improving its environmental, biodiversity and aesthetic values.


  • Patrick Francis (‘Moffitts Farm’, Romsey), has a wealth of experience in agriculture and runs a highly successful small farming enterprise near Romsey.
  • Michelle Patrick (Environmental Planner, Macedon Ranges Shire), has a wide knowledge of weeds, pests, and biodiversity in the Macedon Ranges.
  • Tori Vincent (Rural Land Program, Melbourne Water), has a thorough knowledge of waterway management and farm water supplies.
  • Grant Godden (Landcare Facilitator), has a history working with Landcare groups and experience in land management.
  • Melissa Connors (This Farm Needs a Farmer), recently launched a farmer mentoring program for new landholders and has a hobby farm at Kyneton.
  • Bob Nixon (Gisborne Peak Winery), will share his knowledge on running a ‘boutique’ farming enterprise.
  • John Robinson (Chair, Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network), has a 40 hectare property at Bylands and has been involved in Landcare for almost 30 years.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the panel discussion at the end of the information session.

RSVP: register online by Wednesday 19 April  via
More information: email or phone 5782 0184 (John Robinson)

Local environment events – April 2017

4 04 2017

Fungi Workshop – 30 April

Friends of Bald Hill Reserve are having a Fungi Workshop with Alison Pouliot on 30 April 2017. CLICK HERE to view the flyer with all the information. It will be a wonderful session and we are looking forward to it, along with some rain to encourage the fungi. Numbers are limited to 20 so rsvp asap.

Environmental DNA Testing – 6 April

A very interesting talk on the use of environmental DNA testing of water ways as part of riparian protection works to be held in Drummond on 6th April, hosted by Malmsbury Landcare.

DNA Talk Poster*

Geology of Bald Hill Reserve – 27 May

A “Geology of Bald Hill Reserve” workshop with Phil Dyson is to be held on Saturday 27th May 2017. CLICK HERE for flyer with RSVP details.

Macedon Ranges Shire Environment Events

The shire have some interesting events coming up in April including land management workshops, a bird count in the Cobaws, and an evening about conservation covenants on bush blocks. CLICK HERE to check them out.

Prickly blitz: Sunday 26th March Working Bee

19 03 2017

Join us for our once-a-year blitz at the 3ha ‘envirofund’ site on Five Mile Creek – just upstream of the children’s park*. Massive amounts of poplar were removed over a decade ago, with follow-up plantings of close to 4000 native plants and 21 exotic trees and the addition of granitic paths. Tasks for our March Working Bee include cutting and poisoning of gorse, blackberry and willow regrowth, plant guard removal and maintenance, whipper-snipping in plantings.
* Please note this a changed location from what is provided in our annual calendar.

  • When: Sunday 26 March 2017
  • Time: 9am till 12 noon
  • Where: Five Mile Creek between Pyke St to Bowen St
  • Parking: on site at Wood St – next to Badger Removals
  • Bring: secateurs, gloves, whipper-snippers, sun protection, gumboots for creek access, suitable protective work clothing.
  • Provided: Our tool trailer will be on site and morning tea is provided (please RSVP to help with catering).

Newcomers are very welcome. For further details and to RSVP contact or call 5427 2312.

Once covered by poplars, this is the envirofund site today – a Woodend Landcare success story.

Woodend Landcare: February 2017 News

8 02 2017

Sunday 26 February Working Bee: Willow Attack

This important tidy up is to tackle the willow regrowth after our funded willow blitz last year. Controlling the spread of this weed of national significance is crucial for healthy waterways. We hope to target Five Mile Creek from Romsey Road downstream to the new Shirley Park bridge. There are some larger multi stemmed willow clumps requiring cutting off, poisoning and carting away which will need quite a few hands. We will also do the same to any small willows starting at the Romsey Rd end of the creek and working downstream. Other tasks include plant guard removal and maintenance, and whipper snipping in plantings.

  • When:  Sunday 26 February 2017
  • Time:  9am till 12 noon
  • Where: Meet at the weir on the North East edge of Ruby McKenzie Park in Tennyson street.
  • Parking:  Tennyson St or Ruby McKenzie Park
  • Bring:  secateurs, gloves, whipper snippers, sun protection, water bottle and durable clothing and boots
  • Morning tea is provided and the tool trailer will be onsite

All welcome. The working bee will be cancelled if the day is total fire ban. For further details contact or call David on 5427 4117.

Twilight Working Bee Success

Friday evening on the 3rd of February was a ‘I love my town’ kind of night in Woodend. Delightful weather, purposeful work at the landcare working bee, and loads of friendly faces – what more could you want? David, our tireless Working Bee Coordinator, said; “I was really pleased with the turnout, the work done and the socialising afterwords so a great bee to kick off the year.”

A huge thanks to everyone who came along – and especially those who attended their first Woodend Landcare working bee. We truly appreciated having some new faces to meet and lend a hand. And we got a stack of work done – rubbish along the creek was cleaned up, blackberries removed, oak saplings eradicated from our plantings, long pasture grasses whipper-snipped, and a dangerous overhanging tree limb was cut up. A horde of happy kids helped, played, climbed and thoroughly enjoyed the BBQ lovingly prepared by our catering team. Check out the photos below from the evening… we are super impressed by how huge the poa grasses from our 2016 Trees for Mum and 2015 community plantings are now!

Property Planning Workshop

Sun 26 March to Sun 9 April | 9:00AM to 4:00PM | Tylden Hall

Learn how to manage your property and plan for a sustainable agricultural business. This three day workshop will give you the tools to prepare a farm management plan specific to your property with ‘one-on-one’ guidance from an expert facilitator, including a visit to a local farm. CLICK HERE for more information and to book.


“Power” Tools to Effect Change Workshop

Saturday 18 Feb | 1.30-4.30 pm | Woodend Neighbourhood House

Fellow Landcarers, Alice Aird and Helen Scott, have asked us to share the details of a community workshop coming up in February:

“As you know, last year was a busy one for many of us working for change in our Shire. Encouraged by the success of reinvigorating democracy and electing a progressive Council, there is an appetite among the community for building and maintaining momentum for social change. If you are curious or interested, diarize this first  workshop of a series on the theme of boosting community campaigning and collaboration in and around Macedon Ranges: “Power” Tools to Effect Change.  This workshop will outline practical and versatile tools relevant for those interested in environmental issues like climate change, sustainability, food localisation…or anyone working for social and policy change. If anyone would like information explaining more about the workshops contact Alice Aird at and Helen Scott at”

Quarry Road Wildflower Poster

For those that have not seen it, we are proud to share our new wildflower poster. CLICK HERE to download a copy.


Woodend Landcare: January 2017 News

17 01 2017

Twilight Working Bee – Children’s Park

  • When: Friday, 3 February 2017
  • Time: 5:00–7.30pm
  • Where: Children’s Park + Campaspe Park
  • Parking: plenty in shady Campaspe Park (north side of creek)
  • Bring: secateurs, gloves, whipper snippers
  • Eat: BBQ and drinks provided
  • Tasks: Spring planting maintenance including; watering, weeding, plant guard and rubbish removal, whipper snipping

Click here to download the working bee flyer. Please note this event will be cancelled if a Total Fire Ban or over 35°C. RSVP to Kate on 5427 2312 or


This happy crew thoroughly enjoyed last January’s twilight working bee – we hope to see you again this year! Photo: Sandy Scheltema.

Basic First Aid and Defibrillator Training

  • When:      Saturday 4 February 2017
  • Time:        9:30am–12pm
  • Where:    Woodend Neighbourhood House, Forest St
  • Wear:       comfortable clothes – kneeling required
  • Cost:         $10
  • What:        Basic first aid, CPR and defibrillator training

Click here to download the defib training flyer.  Places are limited; please RSVP to Kate on 5427 2312 or


Vegetation of Quarry Road

Quarry Road is one of the best areas for viewing wildflowers in Woodend. On the 14th of November 2016, ecologist Karl Just inspected the roadside and rail reserve on the north side of Quarry Road in Woodend. The aim was to document the type and condition of the vegetation. While a detailed plant survey was not undertaken, a preliminary list of vascular plant species observed was compiled.  The site contains at least two threatened species, including the endangered Eucalyptus aggregata (Black Gum) and the rare Geranium sp. 3 (Pale-flower Crane’s-bill). Last Spring the sheer number of local grassland species present was impressive. You can view Karl’s report by clicking here.


Woodend Landcare 2017 Events Calendar

Click here to view, print or save our 2017 events calendar.

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network News

Click here to view the December 2016 Upper Campaspe Landcare Network Newsletter.