Improving Native Plant Identification

Native plant identification day improves knowledge, promotes group activities and future planning requirements

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Improving Native Plant Identification

Native plant identification day improves knowledge, promotes group activities and future planning requirements

The issue

Members of Barham Landcare identified knowledge gaps around native vegetation such as plant identification, propagation and species selection for private property planting. The group also wanted to identify future planning needs from the broader community.

New facilities were provided at the Barham Federation Botanic Reserve including upgraded walking tracks, amenities and new interpretive signage. The group wanted promote the site, groups activities and improve visitation of the site for nature appreciation and education purposes.

The solution

Barham Landcare successfully received funding to hold a native plant identification workshop from Murray Local Land Services via the Federal Governments National Landcare Programme.

The workshop provided information on native plant management, seed collection, propagation, identification and the suitability of native species to be grown in different landscapes on private property. The workshop was held at the Botanic Reserve and provided the opportunity to showcase upgrades to the public facility.

An evaluation survey was also conducted to determine the level of effectiveness in addressing knowledge gaps and to identify future planning needs.

The impact

Over 30 people attended the workshop, many of whom did not know about the site.

Participant feedback stated that the event effectively increased knowledge about the Barham Landcare Botanic Reserve, the identification and diversity of local native plant species and the suitability of species for introduction to different private property landscapes.

Barham Landcare identified participant needs in the evaluation process that will be used for future planning purposes. Examples include providing information on disease and weed control and different methods of germinating native seeds.

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Key facts

  • Improved knowledge about plant identification.
  • Barham Landcare group social connections made.
  • Barham Botanic Federation Reserve and amenities promoted
  • Future planning needs identified.

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