By: Laurie Deacon
The forecast was rain. Cyclone Ita had just crossed the coast in north Queensland and the outlook looked bleak in Brisbane. Do we cancel our monthly working bee?
We did have the Bushcare in the end with some lovely uni students from the Australian Catholic University (Banyo)
who came over under their own steam in a car and they were a delight. They were all studying Degree in Primary School teaching. The rain in fact was light and eased so it was perfect gardening weather.
The team planted native grasses including Creeping Beard Grass Oplismenus aemulus and Pademelon Grass Oplismenus imbecillis. The first step in restoring bushland is often counter intutive – plant grass first and trees later.
These grasses act as a Living Mulch spreading by nodes they quickly cover the ground suppressing weeds, retaining moisture and reducing erosion. These grasses are also caterpillar food plants for Orange-streaked Ringlet Hypocysta irius and White-brand Grass-skipper Toxidia rietmanni.
We were proud and honoured to welcome these generous ACU students to our site and impressed with a university which is focused on teaching the next generation the value of our native flora and fauna.
“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”