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Linking central Victoria via the old railway line
Were you involved in the City of Greater Bendigo’s National Tree Planting Day in July 2014? This activity was focussed on a patch of unloved ground, adjacent to the O’Keefe Rail Trail and off Herriot St Heathcote. About 3000 native trees, shrubs and grasses were planted by a number of community volunteers and Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail members, under the guidance of council staff.
Now over 12 months later, and in challenging conditions, just how many from that planting have survived?
This is a good news story, as a very high percentage of these plants have not only survived under tough conditions, most are growing at above the expected rate. A new environment is being created, that will encourage animals and birds, as well as adding interest and protection for rail trail users. Of course there is not usually a 100% survival rate with new plantings, so a following up planting may be planned for next Spring season to help to fill some gaps.
Perhaps you have experienced ‘The Pine Trees cutting’ on the rail trail, between Pink Cliffs Rd and Herriot St Heathcote and not far from the National Tree Day (2014) planting site? This is a special section of the trail, along which many enjoy a walk or ride admiring to ‘tall timbers’ and peaceful surroundings. It’s one to put on your ‘must do’ list!