Working Bees

Have you seen piles of weeds in the park awaiting collection and wondered how they got there ?

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Although Whitehorse Council undertakes routine professional park maintenance, council staff and contractor resources are limited.  Much weeding and replanting is undertaken by volunteers like yourself – about once a month on Sunday mornings in season and on most Monday and Thursday mornings.

Saturday/Sunday Morning Community Working Bees

Friends of the Creeklands and the broader community are invited to participate in occasional Saturday or Sunday morning Working Bees.  We usually do weeding and/or planting work with occasional mulching and rubbish removal.

The community working bee program for 2017 is planned to be:

  • Saturday  May 6th
  • Sunday    June 11th
  • Sunday   July 9th
  • Sunday   August  13th
  • Sunday   September 10th
  • Saturday October 7th

Alternatively, you might like to work with the Monday/Thursday maintenance team (please refer below).

Monday/Thursday Maintenance Team

For an in-depth weeding experience, you might like to participate in the Monday/Thursday maintenance team.  The picture below (taken by Friend Jan) shows Graeme in waders removing a Honeysuckle infestation coming down from the top of the creek bank in Furness Park – while also collecting rubbish.

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The Monday/Thursday Maintenance Team usually consists of 4 or 5 stalwarts and would welcome new blood!  Please contact Mary on 9894 3025 to let her know you are coming so tools can be provided.  Though we usually work between 08:00 and 12:30 on Monday and Thursday mornings year-around, shorter commitments are most welcome of course.  

Training

Experienced weeders are available to help in weed identification.

Tools Needed

Tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own to make ours go further or to suit your working preferences.  Useful tools are weeding hoes, weed pullers, weed bins/buckets and garden gloves.  Wheelbarrows are handy when we are mulching.

Recommended Clothing

We recommend sensible clothes – long sleeved shirts, long trousers, gloves, hats and work boots.  You might also like to consider kneelers or knee pads.

Water

While a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit are usually provided, you should bring your own drinking water (the creek water is not potable!).