Planting Days

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Contact Details

Penny Roberts
03 54270795
PO Box 314
Woodend 3442


Diary of events in 2018:

December - Saturday Ist

Christmas BBQ and games (annual event)

Great food and company, plus the usual Wellie toss, Egg toss BYO drinks and salad or dessert for the shared table. BBQ items provided by Landcare (veggie / meat options)

At Wesley park, Newham Mechanics Institute from 6pm

October - tba

Hanging Rock Planting

Our usual hands-on session at Hanging Rock Reserve.

August - Friday 10th

Annual General Meeting.

Newham Mechanics Institute. 7pm for 7.30. Speaker at 7.45. Supper follows

May - tba

Hanging Rock Planting

Continuing our program undertaken annually since Autumn 2012 of maintaining and enhancing riparian zone works.

9.30 - 12.30, lunch provided.

March - Sunday 4th

Clean Up Australia Day

Nick Massie has established a Clean Up site for Newham and would like to encourage you to join him for a few hours.

If you would like to volunteer please click the "Join this Site" button on the right - Clean up Australia Day/Newham

This is a great way to do something good for our local environment. Meet at Wesley Park, Newham, 9.30am -12.30pm.

February - Friday 23rd

Climate change- how forestry can help save society

Kal Kny discusses global and regional forestry and timber trends and the implications and opportunities locally.

Karl has been managing pine and eucalypt plantations and native forests for conservation across Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand for the past 18 years, and is curently Vice President of Newham & District Landcare Group

Newham Mechanics Institute. 7pm for 7.30. Supper to follow

See Flier

Please RSVP to Penny Roberts by email for catering purposes.

General events information:

Events fall broadly into three categories, but there is considerable overlap.


Two major events in the annual calendar are the themed Winter dinner and the end-of-year BBQ. All events are sociable and fun!


Each year we aim to have at least three primarily informative events, with topics raised by members or driven by the interests of the organizing group.


  • two 'official' planting sessions per year, in Spring and Autumn, which we encourage all members to attend. These always include lunch, provided by the Landcare group, or the host landowner when undertaken on private land.
  • Other sessions, on public land, may be organized on an ad hoc basis.
Initially the focus was on Newham Primary school, with planting and maintenance along the creek zone followed by morning tea at the Newham Store.

Wesley Park was the next public land focus: Newham Garden group and Newham Landcare have joined forces to enhance this community asset. Preparation of a plan and the initial planting of indigenous natives was undertaken with financial assistance from Macdon Ranges Shire Council. Maintenance and additional planting has been ongoing, funded by the Landcare group.

In 2012 Hanging Rock Reserve became the focus for our two 'official' planting days. Removal of woody weeds along the creek was undertaken by a contractor and volunteers then planted 1200 indigenous native under-storey plants, funded by a grant obtained by the Landcare group. Since then thousands more indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses have been planted, and much weeding and maintence work undertaken.

If you enjoy our planting days, there are plenty of other opportunities - members may call for assistance with revegetation works on their property. You can expect these 'member plantings' to involve two hours of activity, followed by almost as long over lunch! Working as a group on each others properties is a most enjoyable way to get things done.
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