Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Franke’s Scrub

The Place to be, next Wednesday Morning
(30th April, 9.00 to 11.30am)
Join in with a small group of interested people who will be weeding this precious little piece of dry rainforest north of Toowoomba.
Franke’s Scrub is in Franke’s Road, at the back of Highfields, in a gully which is part of a road reserve. A small area of only a few acres, it contains an unusually rich mixture of dry rainforest / vine scrub plant species (53 different trees and shrubs), including some uncommon ones (Alectryon tomentosus, Maytenus disperma). There is also a rumour that the rare and threatened plant, Tarenna (Tarenna cameronii, Diplospora cameronii) is to be found there, which we will be investigating further on our next working bee.
The photo at left shows the beautiful Leopard Ash Tree (Flindersia Collina), at the entry to the scrub.
Weed infestation is relatively minimal. The greatest problem is climbing asparagus, and the friends feel it is well on the way to being controlled, as a result of their efforts in co-ordination with those of Steve Plant, (Natural Resource Management Field Supervisor for the Crows Nest/Toowoomba Regional Council).
We meet on the Fifth Wednesday of every month, and work from 9.00 to 11.00 am, followed by morning tea.
Would you like to join us?
If so, bring smoko, gloves, secateurs, chipping hoe, and a bag for rubbish AND/OR bring your camera, notebook, plant ID keys if you prefer to explore the plants.
To find it from Highfields: Turn west at the southernmost set of traffic lights on the New England Highway, into Cawdor Road. After approx. 1.6k, turn left into Cawdor Drive. After approx. 2.2k, Turn right into Franke’s Road. Franke’s Road is approx 1k long, the second half being dirt road. The meeting-point is at the far end, where it is possible to park nose in to a wire fence. The scrub is on the left.
For more information, go to:
or email me (address at right)
2 hours
Four Times a Year

A small commitment, but a worthwhile one.

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