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Sat 12 6:30am - Sun 13 May 2018 5:00pm

Posted by Sally S on Wed, 21 Feb 2018
Leaders: Sally S, Alexander D
Standard: Beginner
Meeting: Tue, 8 May 2018, 7:30 pm

MUMC has long been involved with the Regent Honeyeater Project in central Victoria. This incredible project has been planting trees for native birds and wildlife for over 20 years in the countryside around Benalla. This vegetation provides food and a home to the endangered regent honeyeater songbird, and also gliders and small mammals. 

The trip:

We'll drive up early on Saturday morning, to start planting at 9:30. The days planting is broken up into chunks, with plentiful breaks for picnic morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. During the breaks the team gives really interesting talks about the birds and animals we're helping to protect. The organisers will share their knowledge about the animals, the diversity of vegetation we're planting, the soils and all sorts of things!

There are different roles with the planting. If you're up for a challenge you can prepare the soil with mattocks and spades. If you want something lighter you can switch to putting the plants in.

On Saturday night there's a free buffet dinner provided at a local pub, followed by optional 'barn dancing' and some hard earned sleep in the local scout hall. No need to bring tents, just pillows and sleeping bags (ear plugs recommended). Mattresses provided and showers optional at the local caravan park. 

On Sunday morning we'll start planting again and finish up at 1 with a picnic lunch provided. It's usually lovely food, with barbecue, billy tea, salads and vego options. 

We'll drive back to Melbourne on Sunday afternoon with guaranteed good-feels from a bit of manual labour and doing our bit for the environment. We might also swing by a past planting site to see the progress 5 years on.

Let me know if you have any questions.

See the organiser's website here -

If you can't attend this weekend, there'll also be a planting weekend on the 26th/27th of May.

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