We meet twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. At least some members will be somewhere on the site between 7.30 am and 12.30 pm. Everyone on site gathers for a break between 10 and 10.30 am.
Each of us has favorite tasks, but overall we
When we started work 16 years ago, vigorous privet, lantana, blackberry and honeysuckle indicated how fertile the site was. Small patches of original rainforest were less weedy, however. Working out from these good patches, we found plenty of rainforest seedlings. We transplanted some to more distant thickets of privet, and now they are themselves seeding and colonising their surroundings. It's slow, but each little native seedling represents an incremental advance.
A period of 16 years may not seem long in the life of a rainforest. On the other hand, there was kikuyu pasture that now has substantial patches of established tree canopy. In these, a diversity of catchment tree species are supporting dozens of different vines, shading a forest floor where few weeds can survive.
Current management aims to bring the whole site to this level of resilience. Incremental advances, year by year, will achieve that.
Tomorrow's forest: here's how member Unice Frazer brought fruits of the locally-endangered tree white beech (Gmelina leichhardtii) from the forest behind, back in April 2001. The seeds were cleaned of flesh and then sown. Unice farmed for many years in the valley, but has since passed away. The white beech trees grown from these seeds remain as a memorial to her and will be so long into the future.