All Done


Tuesday 5 June 2018

The last section of gorse was removed from the site along the southern side of the Inglewood Fire Trail. Over a 6 year period the 500 metre length on the south side of Inglewood Fire Trail has been cleared of Gorse.  It has taken 16 sessions.
Site before gorse removed photo Chris Woods


Site after gorse removed leaving only native vegetation   photo Chris Woods
A brief check back through most of the site did not reveal any regrowth or new plants.  Although after the previous session here  one gorse was noticed, but without a GPS or tools it had to left; it couldn’t be found on this current inspection.
The summary of the work is documented with photos at this website.
Last section underway  Michelle, Ted, Kim & Bronwyn


Greg at work



An Early Finish


Glen Dhu
Tuesday 1 May 2018
Only one vehicle was available to transport gear and people to the start of the old Glen Dhu firetrail near Collins Cap, but plenty were willing to walk there which meant we had a crew of eight plus Joss from Parks & Wildlife Service. The weather was splendid and remained sunny and clam all the time we were there and was quite mild for the time of year.
Once we were all together, Adrian and Greg went with the hedge trimmers to clear part of the Collins Cap walking track below the firetrail.  The result was very good and impressive and even more got done that I was expecting. They also managed to find a known Erica at a nearby waterhole. While this was going on the rest of us headed down the Glen Dhu for the weeds.

At the junction about to leave for work  Adrian, Greg Joss, James, Mike, Lisa & Chris
The first weed site right underneath Collins Cap, which was originally cleared in 2002 was checked and no new gorse plants found.  This site was the first action for what became the Friends of Wellington Park and was assisted by Jean Taylor and John Hamilton. It has been clear of woody weeds since 2004 and can be considered as most successful.
A site some 800 metres further down which was also cleared in 2003 of Gorse and a few Erica was also found to be clear and again has been since 2004. This area and those below were badly burnt in the wildfire of February 2013. The previous check on the lower sites was in 2010 and only a few plants were found at two known sites. It is surmised that the fire gave rise to some of the plants located this time. One site had a substantial number of Erica up to 20 cm tall and took 7 of us 50 minutes to clear. The final spot had the most plants although they were more concentrated and generally much smaller in size. It has always been the most difficult location to clear and keep on top off, and it took us 55 minutes to clear.
Site before Erica cleared
Site with thick patch of small plants after most cleared
Lunch was called just as Adrian and Greg re-joined us which made a break in the 45 minute climb back to the vehicle. Four of the group, Lisa, Bronwyn, Chris and Peter, then made the downhill trip to the cars, whilst Mike, Adrian, Greg and James enjoyed the ride down the firetrail with Joss at the wheel.
It was an early finish and a delightful day to out in the bush.


Unexpectedly Thick

Goat Hills
Tuesday 10 April 2018
Back in October 2017 we started checking a site in Goat Hills and found some mature Erica here and there. There was not enough time to check and clear the whole site and the Friends of Wellington Park returned on this very pleasant April day. All seemed to follow the previous script, but then there was a yell, “there is a lot here” and our plans were suddenly altered.


It meant our effort remained concentrated in the area and quite a lot of this invading weed was removed.  More is still there and will get attention in a few months’ time. our arbitrary boundary is as far as the power line easement and Beyond that is considered to Tasnetworks responsibly. Both the Friends of Wellington Park and Glenorchy Council will be seeking action from the power company.
Mike and Greg busy cutting down Erica


Ted far left and Joyce on right  Site A


Site A after Erica cut out


One More Effort


Tuesday 6 March 2018

What Gorse that remains in the bush on the southern edge of Inglewood Fire Trail should easily be cleared up with one more session. An impressive volume was cut down at our latest event and all up it has been a splendid effort of 15 sessions over 7 years for the 500 metre long strip of land.

Special moring tea from COH Bushcare


Ted at work


Area recently cleared


The chicken moving about looking for morsels during our lunch break


From the beginning we were joined by a a most strange looking breed of chicken, which stayed with us all the time and even attempted to nab our strawberries.   These strawberries were all part of a delightful morning tea provided to the group by the City of Hobart Bushcare.
An inspection of the previous worked areas revealed only an occasional missed plant and the opposite side worked between 2007 and 2011 also was free of new plants, except for small quantities of  Erica just inside the boundary.


The bush on northern side where gorse was removed in 2009




Natural Vegetation Growth

Devils Throne Track

Tuesday 6 February 2018
The hoped-for approval for a planned track reroute had not managed to get through the relevant local councils, so plan B was adopted.  A short section of pruning refinement and a section of rocks was made easier to cross on the new Devils Throne section of track, but most of our effort was put into clearing the exuberant growth of native vegetation further along the track. At some spots we had to stop and locate the path of the track hidden, particularly by Orites revolutus which seems to thrive up on the mountain.
View from proposed route to Collins Bonnet and Mount Connection


Short boulder crossing on reroute made easier to walk on.


At the previous event In January 150m had been cleared and on this occasion a further 400m was cleared. Some 640m remain to be done.
The track is often hidden by thick Orites


The track after clearing


Finer Than Expected

Thark Ridge

Tuesday 9 January 2018
Uncertainty about the weather made the decision to go ahead with the work difficult. If made according to the forecast then it would have been cancelled, especially given that the work was in an alpine environment. However, there have been several occasions where the day turned out nicer than expected, so a decision was left until the morning of the event. It was a bright sunny morning and any showers at least a couple of hours off. In fact, it was only just before getting back to the cars that a few light spots started.

The first half of the Thark Ridge track between Big Bend and the Thark saddle was given a trim and some known damp spots hardened with rock. The initial sections were cleared in 2012 and this was the first follow up.  The other task was to replace track markers that had been broken by someone for a reason only known to themselves, but to us it seemed plain destructive vandalism.

Large rock placed in a known wet spot on the track


John pruning the yellowbush



Reduced Scrub

Tom Thumb Track

Wednesday 27 December
The track to Tom Thumb has been subject to a few comments about it being scrubby and there has been confusion as to where it starts for some people. 
On this opportune day we set off with Peter from PWS down the rough Big Bend Fire Trail in a tough 4WD to add a sign to mark the start and to remove some of the scrub which is doing its best to obliterate parts of the track.  The post was set in concrete at the side of the fire trail and the vegetation pressing on was cut back modestly.
Greg and Peter preparing to concrete the pole


Greg B and Greg K clearing the overgrrown track
The track is now obvious although it is still rough underfoot with some scrambling over boulders
still needed to get to the top. Some bauera heavily impacting the early part of the way remains and will be cut back at a later date.
On the drive out we stopped at the junction of the East West and Mount Hull fire trails to check on an old Erica location.  Unfortunately, we discovered quite several plants there. These had grown since our last visit in June 2013. Hopefully all were removed including those found growing within the cheeseberry bushes which are now vigorously colonising the site.
Overgrown start of track to Tom Thumb


Cleared start of track to Tom Thumb


Details of working bees