MCMC has received 500 Silver Banksia seedlings (Banksia marginata, tree form) from the Friends of the Forgotten Woodlands, a volunteer group working to rebuild the Banksia, Bursaria and Sheoak woodlands that were once a keystone of the Victorian Volcanic Plains. The seedlings will be planted into our new Tree Banksia Orchard in Fawkner, which will bring together genetic material from ten different Silver Banksia populations on the volcanic plains, along with material from three populations from places matching Melbourne’s future modelled climate. The Banksia project was made possible by generous donations to the Merri Creek Environment Fund.
Come along and help plant out the Orchard on Wednesday 24 August at 10am, at the east end of Jukes Rd, Fawkner - see Google map.
The tree form of Silver Banksia once populated the volcanic cones and stony rises of the Merri catchment and beyond, but the Merri’s remnant Banksias have long since gone extinct. We hope that in the coming years, the Tree Banksia Orchard will provide a convenient source of genetically-diverse, climate adapted seed, to help MCMC and like-minded groups repopulate the volcanic plains around Melbourne with Tree Banksias once again.