Starting soon, volunteer teams led by the Brooklyn Trail Builders will begin Winter planting in the Polhill Reserve, and over 3,000 new trees are expected in the ground before the end of the season.
There will be a concerted focus on planting a diverse range of trees alongside the new downhill track (working name ‘Ikigai’). In addition to protecting the track from the weather and stabilising its banks, this planting will provide nourishment for the local bird life and support the Trail Builders' mission of replenishing Polhill's original forest.
There are also several other sites around Polhill that volunteer groups will be focusing on, such as Brooklyn Primary School who will be continuing their great work planting around the top of Sawmill track.
This Winter will see a big push to return 450 more nikau palms into Polhill’s many gullies. An additional benefit of the new downhill track is that it provides good access to many new locations for these nikau groves. While the palms will be initially quite small, your grandkids will enjoy watching them grow much larger.
Keen to help?
New volunteers are always welcome to help. Many hands makes light work, and planting new trees is a very rewarding experience. Keep an eye on Brooklyn Trail Builders Facebook page for information about planting bees.