Pinkerton Landcare & Environment Group planting at Pinkerton Forest

Saturday 13th August  9.30 – 12.00

‘Creating a forest out of nothing!’

On Saturday 13th August Pinkerton Landcare & Environment Group (PLEG) invite the community to join them planting between Pinkerton Forest & Bush’s Paddock, near Mount Cottrell.

Pinkerton Forest & Bush’s Paddock are separated by an area of land on Melton Recycling Water Plant.

Western Water has an innovative vision to create a Grey Box Woodland connecting these two woodland remnants. This ambitious project aims to achieve nothing less than to replant a forest on a paddock that is at present virtually devoid of native vegetation!

Pinkerton Forest is a remnant Plains Woodland approximately 35 hectares in size. Grassy Eucalypt Woodlands of the Victorian Volcanic Plains have recently been listed as critically endangered.

Bush’s Paddock is a Melton Shire Council owned reserve located north of Pinkerton Forest. The vegetation is remnant Plains Woodlands but also contains large areas of Natural Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plains (also listed as critically endangered). Significant fauna species have been recorded in both these vegetation communities.

In 2010 Landcare Magazine describes this project as ‘creating a forest from nothing’! (as per Landcare Magazine “Summer 10 Issue 50”).

PLEG invite all interested people to participate in the beginning of this innovative project to regrow a Grassy Woodland from scratch.

Morning tea will be supplied by Western Water

Where else will you have the opportunity to ‘create a forest from nothing’!

Entry into Western Water treatment plant at Surbiton Park via Butlers Road at Strathtulloh. From Melton go south along Exford Road. Turn left (east) into Greigs Rd, up the hill toward Strathtulloh. Turn right (south) into Butlers Rd, (first road on right, opposite Red Gum Drive), through gate into Surbiton Park (Western Water Treatment Plant) Melways Edition 35 (2008) Map 221 Ref C4. Follow signs to planting site.

In case of wet weather, entry will be via the Pinkerton Forest gate on Mt Cottrell Rd. Melway Map 221 Ref H7.

For details phone Daryl Akers 0438 277 252 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Frances Overmars phone 9748 1294.