It has been a quiet year on the landscape change front, with only three sites participating in revegetation activities and the cancellation of a major community event.
G.J Gardener Homes Bacchus Marsh via 15 Trees and Tripod Farmers Bacchus Marsh sponsored 480 indigenous plants to be planted on a local farm in Rowsley. Getting the trees in the ground was a family affair with even the kids getting involved! (pictured above left).
The last of the Greening the West 1 Million Trees project participant, planted 11,375 seedlings and undertook 44km of direct seeding this season.
The much-anticipated annual Grow West Community Planting Day event, which normally attracts 200-300 volunteers from across the region, sadly had to be cancelled.
We are happy to report that the site has now been planted by contractors with 6,300 seedlings across an area of 13.8 hectares, along 2.3km of Balliang Creek. Pictured above is the three generations that live on the farm watching the trees grow.
A big thanks to our sponsors; Melbourne Water, Bacchus Marsh Community Bank, Bacchus Marsh Lions Club, Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal- ANZ Seeds for Renewal Program, and the Australian Government Communities for Environment Program for making this happen.
Despite all the challenges that 2020 has presented, Grow West and its landholders were able to continue contributing to a greener, brighter future for our children, by planting 18,155 indigenous plants in the upper Werribee Catchment.
For the last four years, the ‘Protecting and connecting species and communities in Melbourne’s west’ project has worked to protect and enhance threatened plants and animals in the Upper Werribee Catchment by undertaking large-scale pest plant and animal control programs.
Efforts have been concentrated within the three large public reserves – Lerderderg State Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and Brisbane Ranges National Park – covering an area of approximately 30,000 hectares.
In addition, the project engaged with landholders, adjoining the Brisbane Ranges National Park who assisted with identification of pest plant and animals, and the Traditional Owners, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung, undertook essential weed control in the Werribee Gorge and Long Forest reserves.
The large-scale pest plant and animal threat mitigation activities undertaken in the four reserves provided a large boost to the works that had previously been carried out by groups and landholders to protect and enhance threatened species and communities.
The project targeted goats, deer, rabbits, pigs, and cats along with pest weed species; Sallow Wattle, Gorse, African Weed Orchid and Serrated Tussock.
The project has achieved great on-ground environmental outcomes through a collaborative multi-stakeholder approach. By working together, both private and public land managers had a positive and lasting impact on the landscape with the support of the partner organisations, Port Phillip &Westernport CMA, the Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning and Trust for Nature.
Project achievements 2017-20
Werribee Gorge State Park
858 ha Serrated Tussock
1,281 ha rabbits
Lerderderg State Park
34,600 ha goat control
21,628 ha cat control
42,248 ha pig control
Brisbane Ranges National Park
3,666 ha Gorse
5,180 ha Sallow Wattle
22,086 ha deer control
28,309 ha goat control
14,971 ha cat control
1,970 ha African Weed Orchid surveyed
Long Forest Conservation Nature Reserve
1,278 ha Serrated Tussock
34 properties assessed
1,651 ha assessed
19 species of weeds observed
While the 2020 Grow West Community Planting Day has sadly been cancelled, we’re please to report that the trees planted back in July 2019 as part of the 2019 planting day are doing very well.
The landholders, Rick and Nadia, and their neighbours, Bill and Airlie are amazed by the growth rates of the plants that were planted by our wonderful team of volunteers last year.
We have had some exceptional rain events throughout the 12 months that have helped the seedlings survive their first summer and continue to grow into 2020. Some are popping out of the guards!
Thank you to all those that had helped in 2019 and we look forward to your support at the 2021 planting day.
The Grow West Community Planting Day has been an annual event for close to 15 years and has a seen a whopping 3,300 volunteers put 60,000 plants in the ground.
It impact is huge, not only for the environment, but the communities living in Upper Werribee Catchment, but finding the funds to run it year after year isn’t always easy.
A huge thank you to the Bacchus Marsh Community Bank Branch who have provided Grow West with a $1000 grant to help fund their 2020 community planting day in Balliang.
Bacchus Marsh Community Bank Branch are long time supporters of Grow West and the planting day, as well as the broader Bacchus Marsh community. Through their recent community grants program they provided 35 community groups with shared in $130,000, made possible by the customers of the bank.
Thank you to Judy Douglas, community representatives on the Grow West planting day committee and Friends of Werribee Gorge & Long Forest Mallee Inc., for accepting the cheque on behalf of the committee.
The 2020 Grow West Community Planting Day will be held on Sunday 19th July in Balliang. Join the Grow West mailing list for updates.
The Victorian Government’s Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning (Grampians branch) paid Grow West a visit last week.
To celebrate Biodiversity Month 2019 they’ve created a series of videos showcasing some of the awesome revegetation projects happening across the region.
We gave them a tour of a number of Grow West project sites and the amazing work being done by Grow West’s partners, landholders and volunteers.
It was a great opportunity to reflect on the last 15 years and what’s been achieved thank to the passion and focus of our dedicated partners.
Check out the video below and click here to check out some amazing Grow West before and after photos.
A photographic exhibition on display at the Lerderderg Library in September is showcasing the biodiversity of the region and the positive impact of community environmental action.
Grow West: A Greener, Brighter Future celebrates 15 years of the Grow West program, which has worked with 48 landholders and 2,800 volunteers to undertake one of Victoria’s largest revegetation projects.
Grow West’s vision is to rejuvenate 10,000 hectares of land by creating nature links between the Brisbane Ranges National Park, Lerderderg Gorge State Park and Werribee Gorge State Park.
Over the last 15 years, Grow West has planted 1.3 million trees across 2,500 hectares, providing a space for native plants and animals to live alongside thriving local communities.
The exhibition features a wonderful array of local native animals and plants taken by local photographers David Whelan, Bernie McRitchie and Roger McRaild.
It also includes a number of fascinating before and after photos, which show how the landscape has improved between the 1970s and today.
The exhibition coincides with Biodiversity Month, which is held in September each year and aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world.
Grow West: A Greener, Brighter Future
1-29 September 2019
Lerderderg Library, 215 Main St, Bacchus Marsh
Open: Mon, Thu: 8.30am-8pm; Tues, Wed, Fri: 8.30am- 5pm; Sat: 9am-2pm
The annual Grow West Community Planting Day was held on Sunday 21 July with 300 people planting 4,000 indigenous plants. A huge thank you to everyone that helped out on the day and to our wonderful volunteer crew and event sponsors.
With their generous financial and in-kind support we’re able to offer this event to the community and thank to your hard work we continued to realise Grow West’s vision of rejuvenating 10,000 hectares of land by creating nature links between the Brisbane Ranges National Park , Lerderderg Gorge State Park and Werribee Gorge State Park .
The event was run in partnership with Port Phillip and Westernport CMA, Victorian National Park Association, Friends of Werribee Gorge and Long Forest Mallee, Bacchus Marsh Lions Club, Victorian Mobile Landcare Group, Moorabool Shire Council, Southern Rural Water, Melbourne Water, Western Water, 15 Trees & G.J. Gardner Homes, Bacchus Marsh Community Bank, Moorabool News. Special thanks to the groups that assisted with planting on the day – Dera Sauda Sacha, Presentation College, Ballan Scouts.
The event was funded through the Greening the West – 1 Million Tree program which is supported by the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Program (part of the National Landcare Program) and Melbourne Water Stream Frontage Program.
From all of us at Grow West, a BIG THANK YOU.
If you provided your address at registration, you’ll be received a thank you card in the mail soon. Otherwise, click here to download and print it yourself.
Planting day feedback
|The planting day committee is always keen to receive feedback on your experiences on the day and any suggestions on how to make next year’s event bigger and better. If you have anything to share please complete our five minute survey by Friday 9 August.|
Green thumbs are invited to roll up their sleeves and help plant 4000 native plants in Melbourne’s west at the 14th annual Grow West Community Planting Day.
The 2019 planting day will be held on Sunday 21st July 2019, 9:30am – 4pm at 155 Falcon’s Track, Ingliston.
The annual planting day is one of the Grow West’s biggest events and is an important opportunity to rejuvenate and restore local landscapes.
Over the past 15 years, Grow West has worked with thousands of volunteers and hundreds of landholders, who have helped plant over a million trees in the Upper Werribee Catchment.
This year, the planting day will be held at two adjoining properties in Ingliston, totalling 123 hectares. The properties adjoin W. James Whyte Island Reserve (The Island) and are only a stone’s throw from the Werribee Gorge State Park.
We’ll spend the day planting seedlings, making up and installing tree guards to protect then. There will also be plenty of social time and a BBQ lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.
Please register by Sunday 14th July 2019. Please advise of any dietary requirements when registering.
Please BYO cup, water bottle, plate and cultery to help minimise waste
Bring warm clothes, hat, gloves and sturdy footwear
If you have any further questions, please contact Helena Lindorff at email@example.com or 0437 195 511.
About the event
This annual event is run in partnership with Port Phillip and Westernport CMA – Grow West Program, Victorian National Park Association, Friends of Werribee Gorge and Long Forest Mallee, Bacchus Marsh Lions Club, Victorian Mobile Landcare Group, Melbourne Water Stream Frontage Program, 15 Trees & G.J. Gardner Homes, Bacchus Marsh Community Bank.
The event has been funded through the Greening the West – 1 Million Tree program which is supported by the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Program (part of the National Landcare Program) and Melbourne Water Stream Frontage Program.
Preparations are well underway for Grow West’s annual Community Planting Day! This year’s event will be held on Sunday 21st July in Ingliston.
PPWCMA project coordinators, Helena and Emma, along with the planting day committee visited the site last week to discuss logistics for the event.
4000 trees will be planted on the day to help create a biolink connecting W. James Whyte Island Reserve (The Island) and Werribee Gorge State Park.
Registrations will open in June. Sign up to the Grow West enewsletter to get an email notification once registrations open.
The event has been funded through the Greening the West – 1 Million Tree program, which is part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and Melbourne Water’s Stream Frontage Program. Delivered by the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA, event partners include Melbourne Water, Friends of Werribee Gorge and Long Forest Mallee, Victorian National Parks Association, Victorian Mobile Landcare Group, Bacchus Marsh Lions Club, 15 Trees, GJ Gardener Homes and Bacchus Marsh Bendigo Bank.
If you have any questions, please contact Helena Lindorff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0437 195 511.
15 years ago, the Grow West program was established by local landholders and organisations in response to serrated tussock, rabbits and erosion issues.
Thanks to a clear vision and passion community, it has grown into one of Australia’s most ambitious landscape restoration programs.
Over those years, 250 landholders, 2500 volunteers and many organisations, businesses and community groups have worked hard to plant over 1.3 million trees and revegetated 2.500 hectares, as well as foster relationships and improve land management practices.
Thank you to everyone that has contributed to the last 15 years and we look forward to you being a part of Grow West for another 15 years – we can’t wait to see how things look by then!