Creating a Grey Box Grassy Woodland at Pinkerton Link On Friday 1st July, Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group invited members of the public to join them in creating a Grey Box Grassy Woodland, continuing with the restoration of Pinkerton Link. The Pinkerton Link project began in 2011 and aims to create a Grey Box woodland on this twelve hectare site; creating a wildlife corridor between two existing areas of remnant bushland.
Seven people participated, coming from as far afield as Bacchus Marsh, Maribyrnong and Box Hill! The couple from Box Hill were bird watchers who regularly participate in quarterly bird surveys at Pinkerton Forest, conducted by Birdlife Australia and Pinkerton Landcare & Environment Group. The sharp eyes of the birdwatchers quickly observed a flock of seventeen Zebra Finches feeding in the grass and roosting in the recently planted trees (already three metres tall). Other birds seen overhead on the morning were Wedge-tailed Eagles, Whistling Kites, Brown Falcon, Flame Robins and Yellow-rumped Thornbills.
Despite the cold grey morning we planted a total of 170 Grey Box trees.
After having received about 40mm rain during June the soil in the paddock was damp and soft, making planting easy. Last year the soil was hard and dry due to drought, and we lost many plants. We hope this year will be wetter enabling more of our plants to survive.
This is a long term project as it will take about seventy years or more for these trees to reach maturity. Those of us who planted today will probably not see these trees reach maturity. However the forest that will grow here will probably be enjoyed by our grandchildren!