Scrawny Gorse

Lenah Valley

Tuesday 6 August 2019

The task for the day was to remove some gorse in a small site where it had previously been cut down and left, but presumably never had herbicide applied.  It is a very dry site with hard rocky ground and little friable soil where gorse is the main vegetation able to grow there.  Most were very stunted and small with not a lot of green leaves and these had to tugged out of the ground.  Others were  often no more than 10cm, but multi-stemmed.
The area beyond that once had extensive gorse infestation, was successfully cleared with a grant in 2006 and only in last 12 months had any seedlings been spotted.  Some were removed, but others were at the cotyledon stage and have been left for next year after summer.

Packing up and ready to leave when I realised I didn’t take a photo for the event.



Looking Good

Goat Hills May 2019

Tuesday 7 May 2019

The area had no been visited since July 2018, and fortunately the volume of new Spanish Heath plants and those previously overlooked was not daunting. Quite a number the larger plants were spotted growing with saggs that had now grown high enough to be seen.  

An area of about 4 hectares was scanned and all Spanish Heath located, which were mostly small, removed.  We believe that the area is again clear.  It is hoped that Transend do not leave the land under the nearby power lines too long before it is next treated, as this is an area that can be a source for reinfesting the area FOWP look after.

Party at morning break base
Ian and Greg busy in the Saggs area    – photo from Carl Gallagher of GCC

An area above Goat Fire Trail was spotted with some seedlings which were removed.  The area to the west will be on the agenda for July,

There are more photos here.


Old Farm – Main Fire Trail

Tuesday 2 April 2019

It was a mild sunny day which was good because it meant the bushes were dry and there was pleasant warmth for the morning tea pot on by the city of Hobart

Very large Gorse bushes were discovered and that kept part of the group busy, whilst the remainder concentrated on clearing Erica. There are still more of both to do on another occasion.

Greg and  patch A not  yet cleared
Patch A now done
At the bottom of the slope there is a dense  patch of Erica that would best be tackled with spray beyond that is a lot on cascade land and it is hoped that Tasnetworks or cascade will be persuaded to undertake the work of removing it.
More photos are at the FOWP photo album site



Fixing a Long Standing Problem

Lost World Track.

Tuesday 5 March 2019

The start near the road at Big Bend crosses a soakage that is the headwaters to New Town Rivulet. It is usually wet and a little boggy for much of the year. The work was to install stepping stones to make it better walkers.

The project was a conducted with the City of Hobart  who provided equipment and  skilled personnel. The length of section is about 25 metres and most of the rock was able to be delivered to the site rather than sourced from the site.

Almost finished Lost World
This is what the mud looked like at start of Lost World Track Jan 2019

Rocks used were all quite large and designed to be mostly below ground level. At times when a lot of water is present it is expected that water may be above the top of the rocks, but will still provide a solid base for people to step on.  It is not intended to provide dry boot standard of track. As well as improving walker access the section will better protect the vegetation that currently is taking a battering.

Follow up checks will be made to monitor the expected improvements in condition of the location.


The Wet Area Completed

South Wellington Jan 2019

14 January 2019

The last 4-5 metres of track was hardened completing a 20 metre section tat had been degraded.  The area becomes wet with puddles of water for lengthy periods of the year and this has resulted in much braiding and damage to vegetation.

The rocks used were generally quite large and the three track members from City of Hobart along with Greg were needed to carry each rock, with the aid of a stretcher.

A large rock on the way to the track
Lindsay, Jerram and Greg  –  Travers hidden


Lindsay and Greg inspecting finished work, Travers in background

Some photos were taken and the location of each recorded so that over time the spots can be revisited, and condition of the ground compared.  Hopefully if walkers stick to the hardened track it should start to show improvements within 12 months.

Large rocks inserted last month view north
These rocks were placed last month see the photo below


This is the same location in December

Quite a number of walkers went past, and it was good to see that most were reasonably young


Getting Closer to the Devil


Devils Throne Track

Tuesday 8 January 2019

This is one of the harder assignments we undertake, simply because it is a 2 hour walk to get there. And the more we cut the further away it becomes.


It was a warm day but not uncomfortably so, and we managed to clear about 230 metres of track. Much of it was quite thickly overgrown, including sections where the track was almost obliterated, and you had to push through the vegetation.

Lunch break was kept to the minimum time needed, not because we were overzealous but due to the hordes of March flies.

A group from Pandani walking club came through and most said how pleased they were about the work being done to clear the track. They seemed very grateful.

We still have a few hundred metres to go before reaching Devils Throne.


Hidden track before work start of a very thick section


The track is revealed


The bush on either side gives and idea how dense the vegetation was encroaching


View to Collins Bonnet from the rerouted part of the track that formerly crossed a very wet section on the plain



First Timers


South Wellington

Monday 17 December 2018

This was our first venture with the city of Hobart tracks team. It had been postponed from earlier in the month, but the weather was still not ideal, with rain in the morning but it was just thick mist by the time we arrived at the summit kunanyi Mount Wellington. The work involved rocking a boggy 20 m section of the South Wellington track.

At lunch time, to our surprise, drizzle commenced but the COH track team returned to work undeterred, so we felt we had better stay the distance. The track team were mighty impressive and were able to move large rocks to the site and skillfully place them in the track, ably joined by Greg in this pursuit.


We learnt quite a bit more about track work from the day.

Most of the hardening got done, but some remains and another day will be scheduled to complete the task. 

Even in the conditions that prevailed, the flora was still quite colourful with plenty of Epacris (e serpyllifolia) out. 

Maneuvering a rock into position .  Ben, Jerram and Greg


Wet area with some rocks already added

A follow up photo was planned but in the conditions when we finished I didn’t feel inclined.

More details on the South Wellington site can be found on this webpage

Details of working bees