Friends pitch in to protect Wellington Park

6 July 2023|Community News, Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Friends pitch in to protect Wellington Park|

Local volunteer groups like Friends of Wellington Park are rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty as they work to protect Glenorchy’s natural values.

The longest-running natural areas volunteer group in Glenorchy, Friends of Wellington Park was formed in 2002 by a group of bushwalking enthusiasts dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the native flora and fauna of Wellington Park – a significant 18,011ha public reserve close to the centre of Hobart and Glenorchy, which is home to more than 30 threatened plant and animal species.

The group’s major focus is stopping weed species such as Spanish heath, gorse and broom from spreading and creeping up the mountain. They also perform track maintenance, and educate park users about the area’s biodiversity values and how to protect them.

The group works closely with the Wellington Park Management Trust, Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Hobart and Glenorchy city councils. Regular working bees are held on the first Tuesday of each month, and on various other days during the year.

“Friends of Wellington Park provides opportunity for volunteers to repair environmental damage stemming from weeds and this is important, practical work,” Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said.

“Groups like this also help to foster a sense of community and achievement for those involved.

“This project has long-term environmental and community benefit and gives people the opportunity to explore remote parts of Wellington Park they have never experienced before.”

To get involved, email wellingtonparkbushcare @gmail.com. The
group is open to all ages and abilities, but because of the nature of the activities, is not wheelchair accessible.

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