The month of June is a fantastic time to climb at Arapiles and also an ideal time for planting, with cooler weather and a bit of moisture in the ground. Why not come along and support the VCC and Cliffcare in helping to give back to a place that gives us so much .…
Plant your own tree in the Campground and watch it grow as you return to the Mount in coming years! The tree planting will happen on the Saturday morning commencing at 0900 and once the trees are in the ground, watered and guarded we can head out climbing.
An old Greek Proverb says it all: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
The good news is that most of us will get to sit in their shade. This is an annual event and hopefully over time will make a real difference to the campground and its environs. While Ollie Sherlock has again lovingly grown these seedlings from local seed, he can’t be there this year. In his place Adam Merrick will be co-ordinating the Cliffcare Tree Planting Working Bee. Please contact Adam to express your interest in both the Working Bee and in the climbing. It’s important for planning purposes that the number of participants are known in advance. Please make Adam’s task easier by emailing him now!
This year we have the following seedlings to be planted:
20 White Cypress Callitris glaucophylla – Seed collected Declaration Crag Area
20 Buloke Allocasuarina luehmanii – seed collected Natimuk – Francis Road
20 Drooping Sheoak Allocasuarina stricta – Seed collected Watchtower Area
20 Weeping Pittospermum Pittospermum angustifolium – seed collected Natimuk Golf Links Road, Arapiles- Tooan SP
Photos: Ollie and son Flynn with seedlings grown from local Callitris Pine, Yellow Gum and Casuarina seeds. All seedlings have been grown by Ollie from locally collected seeds.
This Working Bee is supported by Parks Victoria, Cliffcare, The Victorian Climbing Club and Friends of Arapiles.
Not sure if you’re novice, intermediate or advanced? Find your level or contact the trip leader.