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Free workshop on collecting native seed

Paddock with dried native grasses.

Thursday 15 November 2018

If you’re looking to learn more about local native plants, or pick up some tips on how to collect native seed, come along to Mount Alexander Shire Council’s next free Sustainable Living workshop.

You’ll hear from Ian Higgins from Friends of Campbells Creek who will demonstrate how to collect native plant seed, and you’ll have the opportunity to help collect seed for upcoming Landcare projects.

“During the workshop we’ll head along the Campbells Creek walking and cycling trail and identify local plants that are ready to harvest,” said Ian.

“You’ll learn a couple of different seed collecting techniques as your approach needs to adapt to the types of plants you’re collecting from,” he said.

“Importantly we will also touch on issues such as collecting from the right plants. Collecting seed and then growing plants from incorrectly identified plants can create future weed problems.

“I’ll also cover the restrictions when collecting from native plants as you need a permit to collect native plant seed,” he said.

The workshop is suitable for people of all ages.

Event details

What: Harvest Native Seed Workshop
When: 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 24 November
Where: Meet at Honeycomb Reserve, Honeycomb Road, Campbells Creek
Cost: Free
RSVP: Secure your place by contacting Council’s Gabe Macauly at g.macauly@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or 5471 1834.

Wear a hat and sturdy boots and don’t forget to bring a water bottle. The event will be cancelled in the event of bad weather.

The seed collecting workshop is part of Council’s Sustainable Living Workshop Series, which aims to build skills and expertise to support the community live and work more sustainably.

Image: Learn how to collect native seeds at our upcoming free Sustainable Living Workshop.

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