Subcommittee members

Pat Worrell (Chair), Evelyn Taylor, Simon Hotchin, Jenny Hake, Alison Hill, Lesley Culleton, Janine Lamond, Kathy Rutgers, Debbie Spaulding, Bill Biggins.

Next meeting

The next Landscaping committee meeting is Saturday 8 February 2020 at the Ludlow Mill compound commencing at 9am. All welcome.

Volunteering

Landscaping volunteers meet from 8am (Wednesdays & Saturdays) during the summer months for a couple of hours work. Of course we complete the work with morning tea. All welcome. If you can attend, just drop in or send us a quick message using the contact form below.

Strategic objectives

  1. To revegetate the general Ludlow Settlement grounds and lease area with local provenance native plant species.
  2. To design and plant gardens around each of the settlement cottages sympathetic to their era of construction.
  3. The eradication of Arum lily within the Groups lease area.

Background

The landscaping area was originally forest before the Moriarty family leased land from the State Government in the mid 1800`s and cleared it for farming activities. In the early 1900`s it was returned to the government and the Forests Department for the Ludlow Mill and settlement.  

While the area around the mill was used for some experimental planting, no revegetation of native plants has occurred since the initial clearing.

The gardens around the settlement cottages we generally exotic plants of the period and some of these are still present albeit unloved.

Current projects

Ludlow Bridge to Bridge corridor project
Our group has been awarded  a Communities Environment Program (CEP) grant by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

This project will restore approximately 2 hectares of degraded land on both sides of the Ludlow River between the Tuart Drive and Ludlow Road, North bridges by infill planting of native species endemic to the area and sourced from local nurseries. 

The project site was once part of the old Moriarty farm which was cleared of almost all native vegetation in the mid to late 1800`s. Weeds presently dominate the understory however there are still small communities of native plant and canopy tree species.

The improved land will will help support and encourage the return and protection of birds and small marsupials such as bandicoots, ringtail and brush tail possums and enhance the natural biodiversity of this area.

Site preparation will commence early 2020 with planting mid year and final completion by year end.

Plantrite project
Plantrite native nursery awarded us one of their Grown for Purpose in-kind grants https://plantrite.com.au/grown-for-purpose/ for our revegetation project at the Ludlow settlement. Plantrite will supply $3,000 of native plants for winter 2020. The plants will be used by our Landscaping subcommittee to revegetate around the Ludlow River and along Ludlow North Road, adjacent to some of our settlement houses.

The plants have been ordered and will be delivered to site in May 2020.  In the meantime, the ground will be prepared for planting. 

Ludlow Nursery project
A small native plant nursery will be established at the Shade House building to support the various landscaping and forest understory plantings.

The Shade House (Building 2259, 1960`s)within the mill compound is a suitable site to commence the nursery operations. The building has a face brick base supporting a glazed metal frame structure to the upper walls and gable roof. A separate, outer metal frame will support shade cloth.

This project is in its infancy and we will need to recruit an experienced person to coordinate the nursery activities.

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