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WORKING BEE - Gardening at Old Government House, Belair National Park.

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, August 02, 2017


There will be a regular working bee once a month – 3rd Saturday starting at 8.30am and ending at 10.30am.

The first working bee will be the 3rd Saturday 19th August, 2017. If you want to come outside of these hours you are more than welcome, but you need to work in pairs. At the end of our work, we can all have a cup of tea and a biscuit in the coach house. It will be fun.

The Rules:

1.Wear appropriate clothing. Enclosed shoes, long sleeved shirts, and long pants. Remember that there are snakes around in the warmer weather, just as there are in the rest of the Park.

2.There will be no working bee in January

3.The working bee will be cancelled if:

(a) It is raining more than just a light shower

(b) There is a severe weather warning for the Mt. Lofty Ranges.

(c) The forecast temperature is higher than 35ºC

PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER FORECAST: THE FORECAST FOR THE NEXT DAY IS USUALLY POSTED AROUND 4.30PM ON THE BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY WEBSITE. I’ll try to let everyone know if we cancel, but that may not be possible at short notice – so keep your eye out.

Sometime over the next month, we will map the garden into segments. You can either decide to take on a specific segment, and make it your own; or you can just rock up and do whatever needs to be done. In August I anticipate a ton of weeding, and we need to start feeding certain plants.

I’d also like to minimize the number of paper wasp nests in the garden; they are predating upon the Monarch caterpillars, and whilst we can’t get rid of them entirely, we may be able to reduce the numbers by keeping an eye out for wasp nests and destroying them before them become established.


You will need to bring your own gloves and secateurs; and possibly a trowel or small garden fork.

We have plenty of rakes, spades, and a couple of wheel barrows, some plastic rubbish bins and some kneelers.

Tina Gallasch
Gardening Convenor
Ph: 8178 0688

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