The full length of the National Tree Day site in Marrickville Golf Course for Marrickville Council.

The full length of the National Tree Day site in Marrickville Golf Course for Marrickville Council.

Last Saturday 15 Mudcrabs collected about 30-bags of rubbish to prepare the National Tree Day planting site at Wave Rock in the Marrickville Golf Course, as well as removing a waterlogged lounge from the Cooks River.

In an email from Mudcrabs – “Yesterday a very large number of participants; including guides & scouts, local residents, Mudcrabs, the mayor of Marrickville and several councillors & golf club president, planted 1100 plants at the Wave Rock site on the Cooks River at Marrickville Golf Course.”

We didn’t attend this event, instead going to the National Tree Day event at Sydney Park.  Late in the afternoon we cycled over to have a look at the site.  What was a difficult area of sloped land covered with grass & large rocks & with spots of erosion is now terraced & has been planted with a variety of native plants & heavily mulched.

The site looks terrific & is a massive improvement on what was here previously.  Marrickville Council obviously did a lot of hard work to prepare this difficult site.  So too the Mudcrabs who cleaned the site & also all who came to plant, as it is a long stretch of about 80-100 metres.

Once the plants grow it will provide a nice area of habitat for wildlife. The garden bed will slow down & clean stormwater before it enters the river.  It will also provide significant beauty for the golfers & those in the community who walk this side of the Cooks River.

I could not find the 5 trees Council said they would be planting, but this is not to say they are not there.

The Mudcrabs (see Blogroll) will take over the ongoing care of this site, which means that the site will only get better as the plants grow & more are planted.  The Mudcrabs are a friendly group & are always looking for more people to be involved, so don’t hesitate to contact them if this grabs your interest.

Well done to everyone involved.

30th July 2013 – Today I saw a Media Release from Marrickville Council that said –

“ Marrickville Council’s National Tree Day 2013 planting was a huge success according to organisers, with more than 150 people turning out to help plant 1,100 trees.” 

Although the Mayor quoted in the Media Release referred to “plants,” the first sentence & essentially the main message of the media release is that 1,100 trees were planted.  Readers will naturally assume plants equals trees.  This is a mistake that paints Council in a fabulous light.

The far end of the National Tree Day site.

The far end of the National Tree Day site.

Looking towards Marrickville Golf Club

Looking towards Marrickville Golf Club

This shows how stormwater will be slowed down & filtered naturally before entering the Cooks River.

This photo shows how stormwater will be slowed down & filtered naturally before entering the Cooks River.

This section with large rocks will look especially good once the plants have grown.

This section with large rocks will look especially good once the plants have grown.

Wave Rock on the Cooks River. The white on the water is cloud reflections.

The planting site is located at this special rock on the Cooks River. The white on the water is cloud reflections, not pollution.

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