Beneficial Fungi

You've heard of the world wide web...yeah sure...but what of the wood wide web? 

Well...this is exciting stuff.  Did you know that plants can form a symbiotic relationship with fungi that allows them to communicate with other plants?  Did you know that these fungi can send water and nutrients to plants in exchange for sugars in a way that dramatically assists them to survive drought and poor soil?  Do you know that this leads to increased carbon sequestration?

As foresters working in very bad soil conditions...we need to have a go planting with these fungi to see it it can help our work...

I've just ordered a batch of mycorrhiza from MAI Australia .  I know that Diggers also sells these amazing creatures. 

I'll report back on progress.... but let us know your experience and suggestions with creating a wood-wide-web....too!

Work day Sunday 9 October 2016

Hi Everyone,

 

Friends of Upfield Linear Park (FULP) is having a Beautification Day at Brunswick Railway Station followed by a Planning Session - please see details below.

 

What: FULP Beautification Day

When: Sunday 9 October, 9:30-11am

Where: Brunswick Train Station

https://www.facebook.com/events/196622537436631/?ti=icl

 

We will be checking the plants planted a few weeks ago, doing some maintenance work and celebrating all your efforts! I imagine the plants would have loved this most recent rain, helping them settle in to their new home ️

 

Please come along and remember to bring your gloves.

 

What: FULP Planning Session

When: Sunday 9 October, 11am-12:30pm

Where: Ray Cafe, 332 Victoria St, Brunswick

 

We've had some people reach out from other train stations along the Line and keen to see how we can help with their visioning. So it would be great to get some next steps down for the group.

 

Hope to see you Sunday.

 

Cheers,

Friends of Upfield Linear Park

 

Contact:

Lenka Thompson

0435 786 377

lenkamai@gmail.com

Planting at Anstey and Brunswick Stations

Over the course of about 4 hours on Sunday 11 September 2016....an extraordinary thing happened...a swarm of enthusiastic individuals collected rubbish, weeded, lay down newspaper and mulch and planted a whole set of beautiful little plants...here is a list of what when in!

Paul Kelly and Uncle Kev Carmody know a thing or two....From little things, big things grow.....can't wait to watch them grow....

ANSTEY STATION:

Acacia acinacea                                                      20

Acacia melanoxylon                                             8

Brachyscome basaltica                                      35

Carpobrotus modestus                                      6

Chrysocephalum apiculatum                            12

Chrysocephalum semipapposum                   12

Clematis microphylla                                           16

Correa reflexa                                                        12

Corymbia maculata                                              6

Dicantheum sericeum                                         22

Dodonia viscosa                                                     8

Einadia nutans                                                        14

Enchylaena tomentosa                                       16 

Eucalyptus leucoxylon                                        1

Eucalyptus torquata                                             1

Lomandra longilfolia                                            25

Nicotiana suaveolenis                                         18

Pelargonium austral                                             14

Poa labillardieri                                                      50

Senna artemisiodes                                             15

Wahlenbergia communis                                   20

331 plants

 

BRUNSWICK STATION

Acacia acinacea                                                      18

Acacia melanoxylon                                             10

Brachyscome basaltica                                        22

Carex appressa                                                      8

Carpobrotus modestus                                      6

Chrysocephalum apiculatum                            10

Chrysocephalum semipapposum                   10

Clematis microphylla                                           12

Correa reflexa                                                        21

Corymbia maculata                                              6

Dianella admixta                                                    20

Dicantheum sericeum                                         20

Einadia nutans                                                        12

Enchylaena tomentose                                      36

Eucalyptus polyanthemos                                 1

Eucalyptus torquata                                             2

Ficinia nodosa                                                         8

Lomandra longilfolia                                            48

Nicotiana suaveolenis                                       6

Pelargonium austral                                             12

Senna artemisiodes                                             10

Solanum laciniatum                                              3

Wahlenbergia communis                                   14

301 plants

We'll get images of these plants up and on the website one of these days.

Amazing work everyone!

Planting Day on 11 September 10-12am

FULP PLANTING DAY (BRUNSWICK)

(https://www.facebook.com/events/1741940382725706/?ti=icl)

Sunday 11 September, 10am - 12pm

Brunswick Train Station

We will be following on from the work conducted a couple of weeks ago with more weeding, mulching, planting and watering. There is an absolutely wonderful habitat being created at this location, if you're on Facebook, check out some of the gorgeous photos and stories from the previous Planting Day.

 

FULP PLANTING DAY (ANSTEY)

(https://www.facebook.com/events/1778955172352924/?ti=icl)

Sunday 11 September, 10am - 12pm

Anstey Train Station

We will be focusing on the eastern side of the railway line garden bed, trimming bushes, weeding, mulching, planting and watering. This one will be breaking new ground, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the outcome of this one.

At each station we will have an expert sharing their knowledge about weeds and natives, so we make sure the goodies are kept in the ground. There will be mulch delivered to each site and it is hoped we'll have a good number of hands helping out across both stations - each has about 400 plants to get in the ground so there's plenty of work to do.

 

Thanks for being a part of the beautification of the Upfield Line - your time and commitment is what makes it all worthwhile.

 

Remember those gloves.

 

Regards,

The FULP Team.

Interested in getting involved in planting?

Next Meeting

On Sunday 28 August 2016 a group of people interested in talking about planting/work around Anstey Train Station are getting together at Steam Junkies at 10am (the Commons).

Sunday 28 August, 10 - 11am

Steam Junkies

7 Florence St, Brunswick

The Anstey crew are keen to talk and share knowledge about the Anstey Station project and environs.

Next Planting Day

Planting Day - Brunswick Train Station

Sunday 11 September

10am - 12pm

Please bring gloves! 

VicTrack - Stationeer Grants

If anyone was interesting in becoming a "Stationeer"  - here is some information and contacts you might find useful!

Stationeer VicTrack grants now open

VicTrack has generously made funds available to assist established Stationeers groups with their beautification projects.

Keep Victoria Beautiful (KVB) will be managing grants on behalf of VicTrack.

Details of the grants are as follows:

Maximum Grant $700.00

Grants can be used for:

  • Mulches/coverings
  • Planter boxes
  • Murals
  • Plants
  • Water tanks

 

If projects require approval for the new work, KVB will work with the appropriate rail manager/s to obtain these approvals

Important dates

  • 9 September 2016 applications close
  • November 2016 applicants advised and successful applicants receive funds
  • 31 December 2016 progress reports including photos are required
  • 31 March 2017 progress reports including photos are required
  • 30 April 2017 projects must be completed
  • 30 April 2017 final project report including photos and a financial acquittal must be provided.

 

Other information

VicTrack will determine the successful applicants.

Should all grant funds not be allocated, higher grant requests will be considered.

To apply for a grant Stationeers groups must supply details of the project including: nature of the works, the location, estimated costs, contact person and the benefits that will follow from the project.

All submissions are to be either sent to Keep Victoria Beautiful, PO Box 16105 Collins Street West 8007 or emailed to info@kvb.org.au .

For further details please contact Gary Mogford KVB phone 0438 354 837 email, gmogford@kvb.org.au

Gary Mogford | Program Manager
Keep Victoria Beautiful
PO Box 16105 Collins Street West; Melbourne 8007 Vic.
E| gmogford@kvb.org.au M| 0438 354 837  W| kvb.org.au