Fencing out the remnants

On Sunday 4 October 2009 several members of the NUFG got together with some old friends from the Bendigo & District Environment Council (BDEC). They went to work fencing off several old Grey Box trees present along the northern end of the NUFG Kamarooka project. 

The day resulted from a suggestion by Stuart Fraser and Wendy Radford of BDEC. They were very keen to secure the genetic legacy from the old trees through natural regeneration, a goal shared by members of the NUFG. To achieve this it was necessary to fence the site  to exclude sheep grazing.  

It is thought that the remnant box trees with their gnarled branches and numerous hollows 
are at least 500 years old. 

Rob installing end assembly and tying off

On Sunday morning armed with spades, fencing gear, tractors, wire, steel posts and several 'best friends of man' the crew  converged on the site. By mid afternoon the task was largely complete and a shiny new fence appeared around a one hectare piece of land. The majestic old gum trees were safe and sound within.

Additionally, the crew planted 240 native trees and shrubs comprising the following: 

40 Acacia brachystachya, 40 Acacis euthycarpa, 40 Oodonaea viscosa, 
40 Acacia acinacea,
40 Einadia nutams, 40 Atriplex semibaccata

 

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James giving David instructions John and David philosophise about the fence Robyn and Wendy weaving wire Robyn and Rowdy planting trees Beautiful little 
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Ian Fencing John drives in a steel post Justin lining up an end assembly
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Paul driving in a steel post The three fencers

 

As with most NUFG events this was a good social outing with a fine barbecue lunch and a little bit of wandering around the site experiencing the NUFG 'oasis'. 

It was wonderful day enjoyed by all.

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