Myrtleford and District Landcare and Sustainability Group
Reform Hill: Myrtleford Landcare works to save threatened Reform Hill Shrub
One of our current major projects is situated on Reform Hill. Myrtleford Landcare has been fortunate to receive a biodiversity grant from DELWP to save the threatened Stony Bush Pea (Pultenea Lapidosa for the arborists amongst us).
Myrtleford’s Reform Hill is one of only three known localities where this species has been recorded and it is only growing in a very few small pockets on Reform Hill. The bush pea is a compact low growing shrub with glorious egg and bacon type clusters of flowers which mature at Christmas time. It is very fussy about where it grows and the thrust of the program is to establish it in suitable areas on the hill to broaden its habitat area and hopefully ensure its long-term survival.
Conditions in the current winter /spring are ideal with plenty of rain and to help establish the young plants. Our Landcare group has been planting bush pea and other species in the planting area over the past two years and has a further 480 bush pea and mixed species to plant in the current planting season.
A working bee to take full advantage of the favourable planting conditions and complete the planting is scheduled to commence at 9 am on Saturday 10 August and we are asking for help from the community to complete the task.
If you can spare a little time please consider joining this friendly group. To access the planting site, head up Halls Rd past the water supply reservoir and turn right towards Tower Hill instead of continuing to the lookout. You will see plenty of cars there. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves as the site is steepish. All tools and a morning tea provided but remember to bring your reusable water bottles. Families are most welcomed.
If you require further information please contact Phil Prior on 0467 522706 or visit our Facebook page Myrtleford & District Landcare & Sustainability Group.
Hope to see you there: Reform Hill working bee Saturday 10th August 9 – 1130am
Glenda Janas (secretary Myrtleford& District Landcare & Sustainability Group)