With the bulk of the landscaping of the Noosa Men’s Shed gardens completed the Gardening Team is now turning its attention to stage one of the reforestation programme.
In collaboration with Ered Fox, Nursery Manager at Noosa & District Landcare, a range of cabinet timbers and flowering trees and shrubs have been selected for planting. A plan has been drawn up for stage 1 which has commenced.
A bonus was the 22 trees gifted to Noosa Men’s Shed by Landcare. The selection includes silky oak, red cedar and hoop pine. In addition we have chosen the bunya pine and black she oak to attract the black cockatoo.
There is also a range of flowering trees and shrubs to cater for nectar eating birds. This includes the beautiful pink evodia which have been planted between the paper barks along the drive way.
Stage one of the three stage planting programme is being headed by Gavin Meakens who has built an enviable reputation as a tireless worker with a love of gardening. It is Gavin who has been largely responsible for the landscaping of the grounds. This will always be a work in progress as there will always be replanting, pruning, fertilising and watering to do.
While the Noosa Men’s Shed will draw stock from Noosa & District Landcare for reforestation, it has also been propagating trees in its own right. The most notable is the Queensland Fire Wheel which is a close relative of the Illawarra Flame Tree planted on the lawn adjacent to the outdoor recreational area. Planting trees that add colour when flowering is important in the beautification of the gardens as is diversity of species.
All trees planted will have an identification number on a stake so members can easily identify the species.