Category Archives: wellington park

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

 

 

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Reduced Scrub

Tom Thumb Track

Wednesday 27 December
2017
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
 
 
 

 

Continual Improvement

Devils Throne

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Two known soakage sections of several metres were tackled with stone to both avoid a wet and muddy spot developing and to improve walker comfort.  A short section remains to be done. These were at the western end of the track and additional trimming of vegetation was carried out there as well.  Others did some rock work and trimming on the existing track beyond, where it heads   off to Devils Throne.
Section with water draining through

After hardening with rock

I have never seen a damaged area rehabilitate so quickly. It is a mere 6 months since the reroute was opened and the western end of the old route is starting to be quite inconspicuous.  Deep water channels are still evident and will take time to fill with soil, but the surrounding vegetation is spreading over them rapidly.  The eastern end was not looked at but is a more open moorland and will take longer to heal.
Old track now growing over

Going to and from the site we walked along the proposed new route between Thark Ridge and the new rerouted Devils Throne track. A mistake in navigation did not please everyone and a GPS had to used to get back on route, however on the return trip the correct path was adhered to and a few markers placed to help with the eventual track cutting.  
Lunch , Ben, Greg K, Chris, Adrian and Greg B

TRIMMING WILD GROWTH

Mount Connection

Tuesday 7 November 2017

 
There was 600 metres of quite dense vegetation reclaiming the Mount Connection Track. One of the dominant plants was Bauera, typically with masses of wiry branches that  make it slow work to clear. However, since we acquired hedge trimmers the difference in what can be achieved on a day is amazing. One of these trimmers, together with safety gear, was purchased from a Wildcare grant.
 
Nevertheless, using the trimmers is hot and tiring work and we shared the load; albeit somewhat unevenly. The rest of the crew concentrated on the  bigger bushes and trees, plus the tidying up.
 
The track now looks great and it is now most pleasant to walk along.  Some tuning  remains as well as a short untouched section.
Track before


Track after work

 

Adrian using a hedge trimmer

 

Greg trimming

 

 
 
 
 
A photo album is online or click image below
Ben on the track
 

 

Goat Hills October 2017

Nice Weather, Nice Country

Tuesday 3 October 2017
After some
indifferent weather over recent times it was so pleasant in Goat Hills today;
in fact, it wasn’t long before warm tops were being shed.  A patch of Erica that we previously ran out of
time to clear, remained to be removed. Once completed we moved over to a dry north
facing slope that had not previously been inspected.  Old Erica at various locations was found and
cut down and treated with herbicide. More remains to done and the range to be
checked expanded.  
Whist there
Adrian found signs of an old building with daffodils and a clump of Agapanthus. 

 

During
morning break, Rob Whittle from Glenorchy council told us about bushfire mitigation
plans and fire management for the various plant communities in the region. The
pack of chocolate coated biscuits that he brought along was also appreciated, and
we kept him talking until the packet was finished.
 

Site prior to work


Site after removing weeds 



   


Old building site


 

 

Close to the end

Inglewood
Tuesday 1 August 2017
 
What a delightful sunny winter day for being outdoors. Even though the work was under trees it was still pleasant.

Waiting for the call to return to work.  Greg K, Greg B, Nick, Gill, Michelle, Brian, Margaret (part hidden)  and Hillary
 
Site after work, note all the cut Gorse on the ground
Quite big inroads into the remaining Gorse on the south side of the Inglewood Fire Trail was made, leaving just one more session to reach the end. Work started in November 2012 for the 500 metre long site with the depth varying from 5 to 20 or more metres. The area covered is estimated to be 11,000 square metres.

Making inroads into the Gorse – view east

 

Morning coffee break,   Gill, Michelle, Brian, Margaret  and Hillary

 

Greg at work on cutting Gorse

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Fortune Returns

New Town

Tuesday 4 July 2017
 
At one stage we had a run of good fortune with bad weather only arriving after our work had finished and we back at the cars.  Today this luck returned and rain only started an hour afterwards.  The morning had been sunny followed later by a bit of cloud making for quitter pleasant conditions for working.
 
Rob, Peter and Greg on Erica patch  Photo from Michelle
 
 
As sometimes happens, what was thought to be a short job turned out to be much bigger.  The
cause was discovering a patch of Spanish heath, in fact a nursery of the nasty stuff.  It took a while but eventually the whole of the site was cleared. It was also noticed that some bushes seemed to have been browsed prior to the current year growth.
The area was previously cleared in July 2015.