From the Office
Our stall at the Springwood Foundation Day
celebrations was very successful and we gained a couple of new
members. Irene Domes and Jenny Carseldine have been running
monthly stalls at Springwood, Wentworth Falls and Blackheath.
Response has been good. We would like to expand these stalls to
other locations but
we need some more
volunteers willing to commit on a regular basis - monthly or bimonthly
- to running a stall.
If you would be prepared to
volunteer to run a stall please
Reminder to members your annual membership fees are due
on July 1st.
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Nursery Coordinators Report
Installation of water tanks should begin soon, thanks to the Federal Government Community
Water Grants. We hope that later in the year Green Corps Team will
help to do some work around the nursery. This will be very helpful as
(yes) once again we are a bit low on active volunteers. Winter is a
slow time of the year, but we are still selling quite a few plants
and we have tree day coming again soon. It will be interesting to see
how much the required plants have changed as I guess some of the
smaller schools and even some of the bush care groups are now requiring
plants. We have got a bit low on mid-mountain seed but thanks to
Robin Hall we are now building up our stocks again!
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Rescue Coordinator's Report
Rescues have been a bit
thin on the ground over the last few months. However, for the first
time in ages we have a rescue in the lower mountains. These are from
Warimoo and we are getting Steve Pfeiffer from the lower mountains to
look after them as they certainly wouldn't want to over winter up
We had a small rescue at
Clairvaux with a group brought along by Jill Rattray. We found some
very nice plants to rescue.
I want to thank Irene and Dianne for all their hard work in labelling all the rescues as they become ready for sale.
"A HOST OF GOLDEN DAFFODILS"
a great swathe of
them around the ancient city wall of beautiful York.
I had five lovely weeks
in England from the middle of April and into May, a time I recommend
for a visit. The trees, bare when I arrived, were dressed in spring
light green leaves when I left. The daffodils were glorious in April
and were followed by the other spring flowers.
narrow country lanes
of Yorkshire with neatly cut hedges and hedgerows of green spring
grass and masses of flowers surrounded me in nostalgia. There were
banks of primroses (Primula vulgaris), woodlands and
hedgerows covered by bluebells, (Endymion non-scriptus)
and clumps of
cowslips (Primula veris )nodding
bright yellow heads. In
the woodland were wood anemones (Anemone nemorosa)pink
turning to white and even the purple spotted orchid (Orchis
primroses caused me
again to inspect them closely to see if they were pin or thrum eyed
i.e. whether the stigmas was at the top or bottom of the corolla tube
and the anthers in the reverse position A clever mechanism to
ensure cross pollination by bees or other insects.
very good to see
many clumps of cowslips which over the last 15 to 20 years, have had
a time of becoming less and less in number. They
seem to be back on track and giving delight again.
stBluebells grow so
in some woodland that they make a carpet of blue. It would seem that
we all have our problems of invaders. The Spanish bluebell (E.
similar to the British
but has flowers all round the rachis and not on one side, and they
are a paler blue. These have been introduced and being very vigorous
they are overtaking the British species in many areas. Botanists,
led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are at present trying to
discover the distribution of this invader. I was also concerned that
the daffodils planted and spreading in country
lanes will in time threaten other species. They looked beautiful but
reminded me of Caryopsis beside the Great Western Highway
I left beautiful weather
in England when I returned to the rain of home. I retain my love of
the plants of my youth and it was lovely to see Spring in England
again, but, home is home and when I saw my garden, when I went on an
identification foray in the bush and when I returned to Wildplant
Rescue I was recaptured by the incredible beauty, variety and
complexity of our plants. Nostalgia has its place but now I am
Pseudanthus divaricatissimusand I am fired
again to help maintain our Blue Mountains biodiversity.
Report from the Chair
Well I am coming up
my second year as chair of Wildplant rescue and still there is lots
to learn and lots to be done to keep this wonderful community
organization continuing. Hopefully this year having culled some of my
other commitments I can put more time into Wildplant and learn more
about the organization.
Having had a lot of
experience in working with community groups in the Blue Mountains
over the past 15 years, including President of 2BLU FM for many years
and also having had a huge involvement in Winter Magic Festival I hope
that I can bring some of my skills and talents to the table.
Wildplant Rescue is
fantastic and the work that they do is invaluable and needs lots of
help from the community to continue to promote the planting of native
local plants in our area. Especially in these times of water
shortages and restrictions.
This year we are
concentrating on building our membership base up. The more members we
have, the more people will hear about us and the more we will grow
and in the ultimate end the more resources we will have at our
Another project I would
like to get the ball rolling on is a skills register. These can be
invaluable to community organizations that always manage on a strict
budget. If someone can help us out with their skills in any area and
it saves us time and money it can only be a good thing. So look out
in the future for the skills register and make sure you put yourself
on it so you can help us out. Even if you don't think you are of
any use you may be surprised !!!
Don't forget to
your membership. Sorry about the rise in fees but it was necessary to
cover the ever growing costs in running the organization and I hope
this wont discourage you from
renewing. You are a valued member.
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