Vote 1 for Walton Bridge Bushcare
The Walton Bridge Bushcare Group has been nominated as Catchments Champion in the Cleaner Communities Brisbane awards program.
The group is eligible for a People's Choice Award. You can help by voting 1 for Walton Bridge Bushcare by texting WALTON to 0411 599 309 or by clicking on the above web link.
Voting closes on Sunday 28 August at midnight. You can vote once each day!
Founded in 2003 by SOWN members Anne Jones, Robert Whyte and Mark Crocker, the group is restoring riparian rainforest at the junction of Fish and Enoggera Creeks, The Gap.
More than 10,000 native rainforest species have been planted on the site. An estimated 1,000 people have volunteered at regular working bees and community events.
Many SOWN members have contributed to making Walton Bridge Reserve what it is today - a pocket of rainforest right on Waterworks Road. The photos show the site in 2003 and now in 2016.
Please tell your friends and family so they can vote 1 for Walton Bridge Bushcare.
The Cleaner Communities Brisbane awards are supported by Keep Queensland Beautiful, Brisbane City Council and SUEZ environment.
Record Number of Plants Produced by SOWN
The SOWN nursery, in association with the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre (AGCC), GOSSIP (Aveo Retirement Village, Newmarket) and members home nurseries have produced a record 83,700 plants in 2015/16. This compares with a total of 67,700 plants produced in 2014/15.
Plants produced by the various sources in 2015/16 were as follows:
-- SOWN nursery 27,600 plants
-- AGCC program 40,700 plants
-- GOSSIP 11,000 plants
-- Home nurseries 4,400 plants
SOWN would like to thank all the nursery volunteers, GOSSIP participants and AGCC inmates who have contributed to this record plant output. SOWN nursery volunteers contributed 2580 hours in 2015/16. This is up from 2250 hours in 2014/15. The important role played by inmates at the AGCC in supporting SOWN activities is also clear from the figures.
Dick Harding and Lynn Swan have done a wonderful job in managing the SOWN nursery and the AGCC program and need to be specially thanked.
How to grow a tiny forest anywhere?
Deb Knott has passed on the link to this fascinating TED talk by young Indian entrepreneur Shubhendu Sharma.
The group he is involved with is called Afforestt and you can find out more about them on their web site at www.afforestt.com.
Have a look at the attached video and you will be inspired to grow tiny (or BIG) urban native forests!
Please Renew Your SOWN Membership
Now is the time to renew your membership of SOWN or to join if you are not a member. Membership for 2016/2017 is due for renewal on 1 July 2016.
Your membership is vital to SOWN as it is our only source of funds outside of grants.
Financial membership of SOWN entitles you to many benefits, including: free plants from the nursery; the ability to borrow tools and equipment; access to other SOWN resources and plant information; and an incentive to become more involved in nursery and planting activities.
Please click on the RENEW or JOIN buttons below in the right hand column to act on this now.
'This Week by the Creek' Newsletter
'This Week by the Creek' May/June newsletter from the Brisbane City Council Creek Catchment Team is attached.
It includes coming events and training and funding opportunities for catchment groups.
If you want to follow up on items, please contact the relevant groups or the BCC Creek Catchment Team. See BCC contact details at the end of the newsletter.
Please return your wire trays
If you have any wire trays and you can return them to the SOWN nursery, please do so asap.
This is a recurring problem and failure to return these trays impedes our capacity to grow plants and to supply them to you.
Trays can be left at the nursery gate at any time, they will be cleared by nursery volunteers throughout the week. Please help us to help you. We could buy more trays by implementing a deposit scheme, but this would be an unnecessary inconvenience to you and the nursery volunteers.
How much fun can you have on a Saturday morning?
We need more volunteers to help staff the SOWN Plant Nursery on a Saturday morning. It's only for two hours every couple of months and it's a seriously great place to hang out amongst the plants.
SOWN is a community organisation working to restore the habitats of creeks and waterways in the catchments of Enoggera, Ithaca and Fish Creeks in Brisbane's north west.
The SOWN nursery provides plants free to members. Nursery opening hours are as follows:
Saturdays 9.00 am to 11.00 am; and
Wednesdays 8.30 am to 12.30 pm.
FIND YOUR LOCAL SOWN CATCHMENT GROUP
SOWN has volunteer catchment groups working on creek restoration throughout the Enoggera catchment including along Enoggera Creek, Fish Creek and Ithaca Creek. Look here to find the group nearest to you.
These planting guides will help you choose the best local native plants for your regeneration site or garden. You can also visit the "Plants To Plant" section using the site navigation.