Seed Collection Workshop

I would like to wish you all a safe, healthy, happy, social & prosperous 2022! Hopefully this year will see us achieve many of our Landcare goals, individually, as Landcare Groups and together as a Catchment.

Shiny Everlasting flower (Xerochrysum vsiscosum) visited by a Heliotrope Moth (Utetheisa pulchelloides) © John Walter.

As 2022 launches, so do our Pollinator Projects – the first of which is a SEED COLLECTION WORKSHOP.

Spend the morning with the UCLN in Drummond on either the 8th or 23rd January from 10am to 1pm and learn how to ‘harvest’ and ‘propagate’ native seeds with UCLN President John Walter.

The seeds you collect can be used on site or sold or bartered with other land holders in the Upper Campaspe Catchment to create a seed bank of local provenance.

We would love to see as many people attend as possible as this is an invaluable skill that can be passed on to all Landcare members, and used in all projects, now and into the future.

Please email ucln@uppercampaspelandcare.org or call UCLN Landcare Facilitator, Rebekah on 0432 491 789 to reserve your place! Full details will be emailed to participants on registration.

The Pollinator Project

Recognizing the role that indigenous pollinators play in maintaining a functional ecosystem, and the threats that they are facing, the UCLN developed the Pollinator Corridor Project – a cooperative, inclusive ongoing program designed to encourage the enhancement, establishment, and preservation of native pollinator habitat through the creation of Pollinator Corridors on private and public land.

Pollinator corridors are like biodiversity corridors designed for larger species, but pollinator corridors do not necessarily restore or protect habitat; instead, they can be designed and built in the middle of landscapes dominated by humans, such as agricultural land and urban streets.

The Upper Campaspe Pollinator Corridor Project is open to everyone. Your contribution can be as large as a field or roadside or as small as a flowering potted plant or butterfly puddler. Provided you can offer a sheltered spot, a safe waterer and year-round flowers, there will always be something in your garden, regardless of its size, to tempt pollinators to visit!

Free webinars, workshops and field days will run throughout the year across the Upper Campaspe Catchment, and you are invited to participate in them all!

Please contact us to learn more about indigenous pollinators and how you can create healthy pollinator habitat and become involved in the Pollinator Project.

Seeking research participants for bushfire recovery study

The University of Melbourne and Federation University are researching the importance of local environmental and Landcare groups in post bushfire recovery. 

Research will be conducted through online and in person workshops with members of environmental community groups to learn more about their experiences.

They want to learn about how groups have contributed to the environmental and biodiversity recovery after bushfires, whether being involved in a community group has affected your well-being and what has helped your group to be able to contribute to environmental and social resilience.

If you would like to help provide your insights and contribute to this research, you can register to attend any of the scheduled workshops outlined below. 


Workshop 1:
Orbost Exhibition Centre
Tue 30 November
10am – 12.30pm

Workshop 2:
Online
Friday 3 December
2pm – 4.30pm

Workshop 3:
Online
Monday 6 December
6pm – 8.30pm


If you would like to register to attend a workshop, please contact:

Dr. Kate Brady
email: kate.brady@unimelb.edu.au
or call 0431288736 

This project is funded by the $14M Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grant program. 

We pay our respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands in Victoria.
We take inspiration from the legacy of Victorian Aboriginal people, who have produced food, while caring for the ecological systems that life depends upon, for tens of thousands of years.

Latest news from Woodend Landcare

Take Five Minutes to tell us your Five Wishes for Five Mile Creek

Five Mile Creek is a special part of Woodend. It links the town, protects important threatened species, and is a beautiful place to walk and enjoy nature. Woodend Landcare have been working for years to clear weeds, revegetate and enhance community access and facilities along the creek.

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Now, in collaboration with Macedon Ranges Shire Council, we are creating a master plan for the public land along Five Mile Creek through the town.

We want to hear from you about how to make the creek even better in the years to come.

Please take five minutes to fill in our survey – CLICK HERE to access the survey.

Tell us how you use the creek and your top five wishes for the future of Five Mile Creek. We’re interested in your ideas for any or all parts of the creek from Romsey Rd downstream to Gregory St (near Buffalo Stadium).

You could consider improvements to the natural environment, facilities you would like to see and exactly where those should go, or fun ways to make the area more educational and engaging. We encourage you to be creative and think big!

Alternatively, visit the Woodend Library where we have paper versions of the survey available and a big map to illustrate your vision. You can also email us your ideas (woodendlandcare@gmail.com). We can’t wait to hear from you.

This project has been made possible with funding from Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s Community Funding Scheme.

Free Black Gums for storm affected properties

Do you live along the floodplains of Five Mile Creek or Slatey Creek in Woodend? If so, your property is likely perfect habitat for the endangered Black Gum (Eucalyptus aggregata).

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How to spot a Black Gum:

  • Small to medium-sized woodland tree that grows 18–20 m tall
  • Bark on the trunk and main branches is dark grey to black, deeply fibrous or flaky
  • Glossy green leaves are alternately arranged along the stems and are 5–12 cm long by 1–2 cm wide
  • White flowers are arranged in groups of seven and appear from November to May
  • Grows on alluvial soils in cold, poorly drained flats and hollows

Woodend Landcare is aware that a number of Black Gums were lost during the June storm. We are keen to get a better idea of the impacts of the storm on Black Gum populations. If you have experienced Black Gum losses on your place, please email us with your stories woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

Thanks to the Threatened Species Conservancy, we have some Black Gum seedlings to give away – email us to express your interest (and quantities needed) and help to preserve Woodend’s iconic tree. You can pick them up at our stall at the Farmers Market on the 6 November.

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Woodend Landcare at the Farmers Market

On Saturday 6 November we will have a stall at the mini-sustainable living festival at the Woodend Farmers Market. We will have free Black Gum trees to give away and are keen to talk to you about your ideas for Woodend Five Mile Creek to inform the master plan. Please come along and say hello!

Click here to download a guide to identifying and conserving Black Gums from the Threatened Species Conservancy

Working bees resume on Sunday 31 October

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We are going to have a small, but much needed, working bee at 9am on Sunday 21 October along Five Mile Creek near Heron Street. 

Jobs include cutting and painting some medium sized flowering broom plants below the track, also some small elms and willows and a few other woody weeds in the area such as Cordylines. Some of it will involve some steep areas in long grass, so sturdy footwear recommended.

There is also a lot of ivy climbing up the trunks of trees as you head upstream (away from town) and it would be a very worthwhile task to at least cut those plants at the base of the trees to prevent them from flowering and seeding.

Please note the COVID safe requirements outlined in the flyer below and RSVP so we have an idea of numbers at woodendlandcare@gmail.comClick here for more information 

Biodiversity Crisis: Animals & plants of the Macedon Ranges exhibition

Did you know that 376 animal species and 1,457 varieties of native plants have been recorded in the Macedon Ranges?

A new interactive exhibition launched at the Kyneton Museum showcases the unique flora and fauna of the Macedon Ranges while exploring the threats to our biodiversity and what we can do to help.

‘A Biodiversity Crisis: Animals and Plants of the Macedon Ranges’ brings together a collection of historical accounts of local species and photographs. This is a unique opportunity to get up close with a collection of animal specimens or peek inside some natural tree hollows to see who lives inside. 

A family-friendly experience with hands-on kids activities, the Kyneton Museum is open Friday to Sunday 11-4pm.  

Click here for more information

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