Community invited to May 14 planting day at Dungog Common

Lantana plants removed and piled to break down naturally at the Dungog Common.
Lantana plants removed and piled to break down naturally at the Dungog Common.

Volunteers are overhauling sections of Dungog Common to enhance the natural beauty of the site.

Thanks to the efforts of locals and volunteers from further afield, there has been a reduction in invasive weeds, including Lantana, especially around the northern portion of the Common known as Hungry Hill.

Over coming weeks the focus will shift to Common Creek, which runs along the foot of Hungry Hill, to plant native sedges, shrubs and small trees to add further stability to the creek banks.

This work is being supported by a NSW Environmental Trust grant as part of a protection and restoration project for Hungry Hill.

Project partners Hunter Local Land Services and Dungog Common Landcare Group are providing staff and volunteer assistance.

A community planting day is planned for Tuesday May 14, where volunteers will plant out identified spots requiring further protection.

Dungog Common Landcare Secretary Clare Shrimpton said the group is keen for others to join in and learn more about the common.

"The planting will only take a few hours in the morning, and it is such a beautiful place to spend some time, and it's even more rewarding knowing we are contributing towards protecting it."

Following the planting, a morning tea will be held, where people can chat with volunteers and learn more about the common.

More information about the community day or Landcare - Clare Shrimpton on 0459 579 997 or email: crumpety7@gmail.com