06 July 2017

Hobart Bushcare










City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update
Hi Bushcarers, 
There is a lot happening this month. It is National Tree Day on Sunday 30 July. We will be at the Derwent Foreshore rehabilitating coastal woodland by planting shrubs and trees propagated by the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. This is a great opportunity for volunteers from throughout Hobart to come together and lend a hand! Please bring your family, invite your neighbours and join us! Please also spread the word about our Botanical Foray with Bush Adventures next week and our new activity for Spring - the Bushcare Walking Book Club. Details about these activities and more below. We are currently putting together our Spring program. If  your group have any changes to make, please let us know.
In this icey weather, stay safe in the bush, and hope to see you at an activity soon! 
- Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator 
Weed mapping with a Bushcare ipad, Daphne Laurel Eradication Project, Fern Tree Bushcare, June 2017
Weed Warning - Weeds of Southern Tasmania booklet in hardy copy - available now 
Hard copies of the latest edition of Weed Warning - Weeds of Southern Tasmania is available now from Bushcare. This is an excellent guide on how to identify and remove some of Southern Tasmania's nastiest environmental weeds. If your group would like some, please let us know, and we can arrange to bring some to an up and coming working bee.
Bandicoot Times - last call for articles and photos! 
This is your last call to submit articles and photos to the Spring edition of the Bandicoot Times. It is a great opportunity to share news, events and discoveries with the broader bushcare community. All articles and photos due by Sun 23 July. You can submit articles and photos to bushcare@hobartcity.com.au
Bushcare Walking Book Club
After discussions with a number of you over the last few months, we’re delighted to announce that we’re going to give the Bushcare Walking Book Club a burl!
For the most part, Bushcarers are an environmentally-savvy lot. But even the most educated environmental stewards among us can benefit from being exposed to new ideas, and to further deepening their understanding of a topic by discussing it with other people.
We’re hoping that our walking book club will provide some of these opportunities for our City of Hobart Bushcare community.
“How will this work?” I hear you ask. Well, we have some ideas, but would love to get your input on this.
Here are our initial thoughts:
Each month, a book will be chosen, initially by the Bushcare team but perhaps later by a convenor, or through discussion among group members. We could focus solely on non-fiction works with an environmental or natural focus (e.g.; Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe, Let the Land Speak by Jackie French, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Nature by Tim Low etc.), or could also include works of fiction with strong environmental messages or where nature itself becomes a character (e.g.; Eucalyptus by Murray Bail, Clade by James Bradley, Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan).
The group will undertake monthly walks in reserves with active Bushcare groups to discuss the chosen text. This could also provide a good opportunity for groups to ‘host’ visitors, and show off their work sites (and of course, to introduce visitors to the best picnic spots!).
For the inaugural event, Bushcare will be providing the books for 12 people who commit to coming along to the first session. After that, we may look at establishing a book club with the support of the LINC (where people sign up for a set number of texts per year), or people might possibly just acquire books individually, for discussion each month.
The group will be held on Sunday afternoons, on the same weekend as the current Waterworks Valley working bees. I’ll be the coordinator for the time being, but would love it if some passionate peripatetic bookworm might like to step up into the role of convenor!
So – what do you think? Would you like to be involved? What should we be reading?
I’m going to create a poll to ask about what kinds of books you might like to read. Fiction, non-fiction, or a blend of both. If all goes well, it should be the post below this message. If you are on Facebook, you can join the group and be part of the conversation here. Otherwise email us at bushcare@hobartcity.com.au
And if you have any books that you feel would make a good walking book club text, please do list them in the comments below. I’ll be looking through these to gauge what we might read in future, and will suggest a few myself over the coming days.
Yours in environmentally-themed bookish enthusiasm,
Nicole Gill
Bushcare Operations Supervisor and Word Nerd
Awards
The 2017 Landcare Awards recognise the tireless efforts of the many volunteers and community groups involved in delivering positive sustainability and biodiversity outcomes in our region. Tasmanian nominations close on September 15!
Events
Botanical Foray - 10 July, 1.30–3 pm. Have you ever wondered what plants are growing in your local bushland?  Join us for a guided stroll through Fern Tree, and learn a bit more about Hobart's native plants. This is a great activity for those people that are interested in setting up a native garden in their own property, enjoy the bush or just want to learn something new.
Meet: Outside Fern Tree Tavern, corner of Huon Rd and Summerleas Rd, Fern Tree
Cost: $5.50 per person. Bookings essential. To book ring: 6238 2886
This activity is part of the City of Hobart Bush Adventures program
National Tree Day - 30 July, 10 am-1 pm. Rehabilitating the Derwent Foreshore. For more information visit the National Tree Day web site here.


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