Sonja Gasser from the Canberra Fungi Group led a fascinating search for and identification of a variety of fungi on Red Hill on Sunday 25 June. The group learned to spot even the tiniest fungi and methods for identifying then by their characteristics. Thanks Sonja!
There will be more Fungi Forays in autumn next year.
The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee which will be held on Sunday 2 July 2017 at 9am
Last month we started to remove a large patch of Cootamundra Wattle regrowth. With the help from ranger Phil and his chainsaw we cut and stacked about six truck loads of cuttings. Half of these were transported to our tubestock planting site and were used at our planting event on 18 June to give some protection from being damaged by kangaroos. The remaining cuttings will be moved to the planting site to finish the job.
But there is still more to do! So this month we plan to return to the Cootamundra patch and finish the job.
Sunday 25 June 2017, 9:30am
Red Hill Nature Reserve
Meet near Red Hill Carpark: the large carpark off Mugga Way (near Francis Street)
This will be the last foray for the year, and we will start up again next year for autumn (for the peak fungi season). Those of you who took on the role of photographer at the last foray, don’t forget to send them to this email address.
You are welcome to attend and to bring any friends and family as these are free events open to the public. Forays will be cancelled if it rains – feel free to contact me or check our facebook site to confirm. (more…)
The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to a tree planting event which will be held on Sunday 18 June 2017 at 9am
We will be planting 200 tube stock seedlings on Red Hill as part of our continuing effort to restore and ‘shrub up’ the landscape. Our tree planting started in 2011 along the ridge above Hughes and continued in two locations at the south end of the reserve. This planting will provide some infill in the area above Hughes. See location.
A census of kangaroo numbers was conducted by ACT Parks & Conservation on Wednesday 24 May 2017. A total of approximately 1,000 kangaroos are currently living on the Red Hill reserve and adjacent Federal Golf Club course. This is significantly in excess of the ecological carrying capacity of the reserve. More…
The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee which will be held on Sunday 4 June 2017 at 9am
We have now finished our work removing deciduous woody weeds until they start growing again next spring.
This month we plan to remove a patch of Cootamundra Wattle regrowth and use the cuttings to protect our tube stock plantings (on Sunday 18 June) from being damaged by kangaroos.
Red Hill is one of the most prominent peaks and nature reserves in Canberra. But do you know how it got its name?
The site has been nominated for an ACT heritage listing for the red flowering plants which were established in the area 100 years ago by horticulturalist Charles Weston, under instruction from Walter Burley Griffin.
One of the Red Hill Regenerators volunteers Michael Mulvaney told ABC Radio Canberra breakfast host Dan Bourchier about how Red Hill got its name and its famous plants. More…
The ACT Parks and Conservation Service has installed a visitor seat on Red Hill in recognition of the volunteer work undertaken over the last quarter century by the Red Hill Regeneration Group. The seat has been installed in a beautiful viewing location about 100m south of the Davidson’s Trig. We hope that all visitors to Red Hill Nature Reserve will enjoy the seat, the view and the managed environment.
Owing to the unavailability of the organisers of the 17 May 2017 mid week working bee, it has been cancelled. The next working bee will be held on World Environment Day on Sunday 4 June 2017.
2017 is one hundred years since Charles Weston was instructed by Walter Burley Griffin to commence planting red flowering pants on Red Hill. Thousands of callistemon, grevillea and Darling Pea were planted between 1917 and 1920. Many hundreds have survived and have spread across the hill.
In this centenary year, the Red Hill Regenerators have sought to celebrate these historic plantings by nominating then for listing by the ACT Heritage Council, to include these plants on the ACT heritage register, thereby providing recognition and protection of this direct historical connection to the Burley Griffin legacy.
The ACT Heritage Council nomination documents:
- Letter from the President, Red Hill Regenerators, to the Chair ACT Heritage Council
- Nomination form
- Statement of significance as required by the nomination form
- Letter of support from the ‘land owner’, the ACT Parks and Conservation Service
- Letters of support for the nomination from other organisations
The Heritage Council advised on 15 May 2017 that the application was accepted for consideration at its meeting on 1 June 2017, where the Council formally accepted the application as a ‘nominated place to the ACT Heritage Register‘. The next step is for the Council to consider the nomination against the heritage significance criteria. While it has protection under the Heritage Act 2004, at present, the Red Hill Plantings nomination is not under active assessment by the Council.