Tentatively Re-Scheduled - John's Tree Planting Day

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Central Coast Wetlands - Pioneer Dairy

1897 South Tacoma Road

Tuggerah, NSW 2259

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The planting morning for John Addley's family and friends will be re-scheduled, possibly til Saturday 26/9/2020, from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm (including morning tea and lunch). We have equipment for 30 people to take part at a time (so if we have more keen tree planters than that we may divide into two sessions or add another session after lunch). Bookings only needed for people 15 years and over. Children most welcome to help the adult/s they come with - no booking required. You also don't need to book if you just want to come for the shared lunch and see the trees. Central Coast Wetlands is open to the public 7 days a week: http://centralcoastwetlands.com.au/activities.

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9.30 am Arrive on site for a safety briefing, and learn a bit about Central Coast Wetlands while enjoying a piece of fruit, biscuit and cup of tea or coffee

10.00 am Demonstration on planting trees

10.10 am Begin planting trees! Including mulching and watering

11.00 -11.10 am Time for a short break and informative talk about the threatened species that this planting project will support

11.10am - 12.10pm Continue planting, mulching and watering trees!

12.10 pm Conclusion of tree planting, time to pack up

12.30 – 1.30 pm Lunch (Bring & Share)

What to bring

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately for the day’s activities, this includes: Enclosed shoes, long pants, long-sleeve shirt, hat and sun glasses. If you have some gardening gloves (especially for children) please bring them with you!

Please also bring your own mug for morning tea! As we are trying to minimise waste, there will be no disposable cups. A picnic chair would also be a good idea if you prefer not to sit on the ground.

Directions:

The planting site is located at Central Coast Wetlands – Pioneer Dairy, at Tuggerah.

If navigating to the site, the address is: 1897 S Tacoma Rd, Tuggerah NSW 2259

You want to be on the south side of the Wyong River. The turn off for the site is 50 m after passing under the Railway bridge on South Tacoma Road. Turn into the Central Coast Wetlands driveway entrance (with the big sign) and continue past the first cottage and follow signs to the carpark. The gate to the tree planting site is near the car park and we will put a sign to "John's Tree Planting". Thre are composting toilets right near our tree planting area.


Background to Pioneer Creek Restoration

The Pioneer Creek Restoration Project, located at Central Coast Wetlands, will restore a riparian (creek) corridor. This project will improve stream health and provide habitat for native animals, including numerous threatened species. The project includes fencing a two-hectare (20,000 m2) area to prevent cattle from accessing the creek, control of high threat weeds and planting of native trees, shrubs and groundcover plants.

Native plants that are found in local Swamp Sclerophyll Forest and River-flat Eucalypt Forest vegetation communities will be established along the creek corridor. Both of these communities would have originally fringed Pioneer Creek, with Swamp Sclerophyll Forest occurring on lower banks that are regularly inundated with water after heavy rainfall, while River-flat Eucalypt Forest occurring on higher banks that are rarely inundated with flood waters. Both Swamp Sclerophyll and River-flat Eucalypt forest are listed as Endangered Ecological Communities because they have been extensively cleared in the past, often for coastal development or agriculture.

The Pioneer Creek restoration project will provide habitat for threatened species

Along south-eastern Australia, during autumn and winter there is a shortage of trees that flower and provide nectar and pollen for animals. Floodplain plant community types at Central Coast Wetlands include species such as Swamp Mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta), renowned for prolific and reliable flowering during autumn and winter. These forests provide valuable foraging habitat, including for two critically endangered birds, the Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot. The Swift Parrot migrates all the way from Tasmania just to find trees like Swamp Mahogany. During 2019 it was estimated over 100 Swift Parrots visited the Central Coast to reach autumn and winter flowering trees. This is significant, considering the population size for the Swift Parrot is estimated to be

Additional threatened species recorded at Central Coast Wetlands that may benefit from this project include:

  • The Black Bittern, which favours timbered waterways;
  • The Squirrel Glider, through increase of habitat linkages to the Wyong River floodplain corridors, and planting of key food resource plants including Wattle (Acacia) species; and
  • The project will also protect and support the natural regeneration of the tree Wyong Paperbark (Melaleuca biconvexa), which occurs along the Pioneer Creek corridor.

This Central Coast Wetlands Project will benefit from the fund raising by John Addley's family and friends in remembrance of John, who loved trees - especially angophoras.

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1897 South Tacoma Road

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