Last 2017 Working Bee and Other News….

13 11 2017

Working Bee: Sunday the 26th of November

Our last Sunday working bee for this year will be at Ruby Mckenzie Park in Tennyson St from 9am till 12pm on the 26th of November. We will be concentrating on the maintenance of this Springs plantings in this area which will need watering, whipper snipping around and checking of the plant guards. There are also woody weeds like Hawthorn to deal with so plenty of work for everyone! Please wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves and boots as protective clothing and a sunhat and glasses if warm. The tool trailer will be on site and morning tea is provided. To RSVP and for further details  contact or call 5427 2312.

Please note in your diaries the first working bee for 2018 will be a twilight bee followed by a BBQ at the Children’s Park on Friday 2nd of February.

Woodend Grassland Reserve in full bloom!

With funding received through the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network, we have the fantastic opportunity to have renowned grassland ecologist, Paul Foreman, undertake a new flora survey in the Woodend Grassland Reserve. On a recent visit to the site, Macedon Ranges Shire environment officer, William Terry, took some stunning photos of some of the wildflowers that are currently on display… Thanks for sharing William!

For more information about this important grassland reserve, CLICK HERE.

Newham Landcare November Activities

Upcoming events in the Newham ‘Landcare Dairy of Events’ look really interesting. For  further details CLICK HERE.

  • Sunday, 19th November: Wildflower Walk, 10am, Conglomerate Gully, Riddells Creek
  • Wednesday, 22nd November: Native Grassland reconstruction with Dr Paul
    Gibson-Roy at Newham Hall. 10am – 3pm, Newham Mechanics Institute.
  • Friday, 24th November: ‘‘What can we learn from listening to nature?’’ Andrew Skeoch will talk on birds and birdsong. 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, Newham Mechanics Institute.

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Read all about it!

Click on the following links for more great local Landcare news…

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network September News 

North Central Chat- November 2017


Two October Working Bees: Sunday the 15th and 29th!

11 10 2017

October Working Bee 1:
Native Planting

After extensive removal of weeds along the creek, it’s important that we plant natives to create habitat and keep weeds at bay. Come and help with some infill planting of important understory species.

  • When: Sunday 15 October 2017
  • Time: 9am till 12 noon
  • Where: Paddocks between Pyke and Bowen St on the south side of Five Mile Creek near the Woodend Children’s Park
  • Park:  At end of Wood St near the Gym
  • Bring: Gloves and sturdy footwear; tool trailer on site. Morning tea provided
  • Tasks: Planting of mixed native understorey plants

October Working Bee 2:
Quarry Rd Wildflower Protection

Help us to enhance one of Woodend’s premier wildflower locations by removing invasive woody weeds.

  • When: Sunday 29 October 2017
  • Time: 9:00am–12pm
  • Where: Quarry Rd Rail Reserve (near Washington Lane)
  • Park: In Washington Lane or Peter Godden Drive
  • Bring: gloves, sturdy footwear; tool trailer on site. Morning tea provided.
  • Tasks:  Cut and paint gorse and broom plants.

No experience is necessary and newcomers are always welcome (and hugely appreciated) to our working bees. To RSVP and for further details about both working bees contact or call 5427 2312.

More local Landcare events…

A wonderful Raptor Display at the Cascades at Metcalfe after the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network AGM on Tuesday 31st October. The Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary will give a one hour presentation introducing approximately five Birds of Prey and will discuss the need for conservation, prevention of extinction and sustainable living. Meet at the Cascades at 2.15. For more information and to RSVP contact Hanne at

An interesting waterbugs talk at the Glenlyon Fire Station. John Gooderham shows fantastic microscopic images of fabulous water creatures. Friday 27 October, 6.30 (sharp) to 8.30pm. Do get along, it is a free (gold coin) event, but remember to book. To book, go to the website and type in waterbugs.

Sunday 24 September: Spring Planting Working Bee

10 09 2017

Many hands are needed for our spring planting on Sunday the 24th of September 2017. Held on the creekside flats near Ruby McKenzie Park, our aim is plant around 300 seedlings to improve habitat along the creek.

The planting sites are spread out – so there will be plenty of work for everyone! 50 plants are going in at the southern end of the group of houses close to the track near Five Mile Creek Reserve. 70 are to be scattered in the area north of the weir. The remaining 170 plants will restore the area behind Ruby Mackenzie park.

  • When: 9am, Sunday the 24th September 2017
  • Where: along the creek around Ruby McKenzie Park.
  • Park: Please park in Tennyson St near the playground if wet or beside the walking track downstream of the park if dry (drive very slowly if using the track).
  • Bring: your friends, buckets (to help with watering), old clothes, gloves, and sturdy boots (this area is quite rough).

The tool trailer will be onsite and morning tea is provided. RSVP and any inquiries to

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Gather the troops and join Woodend Landcare for their 2017 Spring Planting.

North Central Regional Landcare Forum

Landcare members are invited to attend the first regional Landcare Forum, co-hosted by the North Central CMA and Landcare Victoria Inc. The forum will be from the 6th-8th October 2017 at Camp Seed, Stuart Mill,St Arnauds. CLICK HERE to register by 21st September. This is a great chance to network with fellow Landcarers, and it’s free accommodation and food! CLICK HERE for more info and to view the program. Contact Kaye Rodden at or (03) 5265 1241 for more information. 

27 August – Landcare Working Bee

18 08 2017

Help us prepare for our spring planting at our next working bee on Sunday the 27th of August 2017. Held on the creekside flats near Ruby McKenzie Park, our aim is to whippersnip individual planting sites for our tree planting on the 24th of September 2017. There are also numerous Hawthorn seedlings needing cutting and poisoning and some debris needs to be piled in heaps – so there is plenty of work for everyone!

Please park in Tennyson St near the playground if wet or beside the walking track downstream of the park if dry (drive very slowly if using the track). The tool trailer will be onsite, morning tea is provided and bring old clothes, gloves, boots etc as this area is quite rough. RSVP and any inquiries to

Also, a reminder that our AGM and talk by local botanist Greg Boldiston will be on the evening of Tuesday the 29th August 2017 – CLICK HERE for more details. We hope to see you there! If you’d like to learn more about about our local fungi, Wombat Forestcare have a very useful page highlighting 102 of the thousands of species that can be found locally; CLICK HERE to view.

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Campanella olivaceonigra, observed near Anderson’s reservoir – a stunning sample of Greg’s flora photos from the Macedon Ranges. Come along to our AGM to see more!


Our 2017 AGM Features Fungi!

3 08 2017

Discover the Hidden Jewels of our Forests at Woodend Landcare’s 2017 AGM

Our 2017 AGM is coming up shortly on Tuesday the 29th of August at 7pm at the Woodend Neighbourhood House. We are excited to have Greg Boldiston as our speaker for the evening. A local horticulturist, avid nature photographer and plant collector, Greg will share some of his discoveries of the hidden jewels found in the forests and woodlands around Woodend. Greg is a key contributor to the engaging Macedon Ranges Fungi, Flora and Fauna Facebook Page where you can get a sneak peak at some of his stunning images.

The AGM will commence at 7pm, with Greg’s talk at 7.30pm followed by supper. We do enjoy this annual opportunity to catch up with many of Woodend Landcare’s supporters and hope to see you there. CLICK HERE to download a copy of the AGM flyer. Please RSVP to to help with catering.

Woodend Landcare Memberships are due

A reminder that memberships are now due for renewal. Your valued support helps Woodend Landcare continue to undertake important nature conservation work and ensures you are covered by insurance at our events or working bees. Our annual membership fee remains at $20. Renew your membership by:

  • paying in person on the night of our AGM;
  • sending cash or cheque to Woodend Landcare, PO Box 297, Woodend 3442; or
  • paying $20 electronically (be sure to include your name in the transaction).
    Account details: Woodend Landcare, Westpac Bank, BSB 033-674, Account 982435.

If you would like to become a member of Woodend Landcare, click here to download a membership form.

Local environment events

Friday 18th August: Newham Landcare Annual General Meeting.

Guest speaker is Sophie Bickford, Executive Director of Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance. Her talk – “From Islands to Networks – linking landscapes for conservation at a time of climate change”, will show how Newham Landcare and Hanging Rock are part of a large-scale biolink project. Newham Mechanics Institute. 7pm for 7.30. Speaker at 7.45. Supper follows. Click here to view Newham Landcare’s 2017 AGM flyer. RSVP to Helen Scott by email or tel. 0412 582 526.

Friday 8 September: Create a Frog Pond or Turn your Dam into Habitat, Newham Landcare

Evening presentation and discussion with Damien Cook, Rakali ecological Consulting. Damien is a recognized expert in wetland, riparian and terrestrial ecology, particularly in the factors affecting the establishment and management of aquatic and wetland plants. A selection of water-loving plant species will be available to purchase on the night. Newham Mechanics Institute. 7pm for 7.30. Supper follows. Click here to view flier. RSVP to Penny Roberts by email or tel.5427 0795.

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network Events 17/18

For more information on any of these events, contact Sandy Schletma at

  • Rabbit Busters – 20th October 2017, 1-3 pm, Kyneton
    Learn about how to successfully use the new RHDV1 K5 virus to eradicate rabbits with John Mathews from DEDJTR.
  • UCLN AGM – Raptors Display, 31st October 2017, 12.30 pm, Metcalfe
    The Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary will give a one hour presentation introducing appropriately 5 Birds of Prey and discussing the need for conservation, prevention of extinction and sustainable living.
  • Landcare Display at the Kyneton Show – 18th November, Kyneton.
    Come along and meet fellow Landcarers and speak to the public about how to get involved in Landcare in the district.
  • Native Pastures for Grazing – 22nd November 2017, Newham Hall.
    Learn from Greening Australia’s lead Scientist Dr Paul Gibson-Roy about native pastures for grazing.
  • Soil Health – Tuesday 5th December 2017, 10.30-1 pm, Langley.
    Join the experts on an olive plantation at Langley to learn how to gain a better understanding of soil on your property. Learn how to evaluate the condition of your soil and apply appropriate management practices to improve soil health.  Presenters Martin Hamilton (EcoDev DEDJTR), Rebecca Mitchell (co author of Soil Health Guide), and Helen Haydon (Soil Microbiologist from Dep Ag Melbourne).
  • River Restoration – March 18 2017, 10-2pm, Degraves Mill Carlsruhe.
    Join wetland restoration experts Damien Cook, Elaine Bayes, Angela Gladman, and experienced Landcarers at the historic Degraves Mill to learn about successful river restoration and the concepts of biolinks.

Links to Local Landcare News

Newham Landcare Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network June 2017 Newsletter

North Central Chat

Woodend Landcare’s Mowing Guidelines

28 07 2017

Wildflowers and grasses will be surfacing soon after winter, putting on new growth and flowering during spring, then setting seed in early summer. We remind Landcare members and locals of the importance of letting native plants drop mature seed and of a sensitive and minimalist approach to mowing remnant native areas.

Don’t mow too often, too low, too early. 

CLICK HERE to see our do’s and don’ts on mowing.


We need your help to see understorey species like this delightful Blue Pincushion (Brunonia Australis) thrive in our local landscape.

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