Kalimna Park is a 175 h.a. bushland reserve on the north eastern side of Castlemaine.   Largely cleared of native vegetation by gold digging in the 1850’s, and areas of gold mining up until the 1920’s, the park has been the focus of the Friends of Kalimna Park for some twenty years. Areas of revegetation and restoration, track maintenance and weed clearance have been undertaken, with the support of Parks Victoria who manage the site.

Friends of Kal Park on their tree planting day.

Friends of Kalimna Park on their tree planting day.

With the generous donation of 100 native plants (and tree guards) through Peter Thompson of Thompson Family Funerals, the Friends held a planting day in the north western section of the park. The one acre site already had established eucalyptus trees and a wonderful spring carpet of native wild flowers (chocolate lilies, yam daisies, orchids) but very sparse understorey. The 100 native trees planted, will encourage the area to become more self sustaining and entice wildlife back to the area.

Huge thank you Peter for your community service. Peter has been supporting Castlemaine landcare groups (through Fifteen Trees) for the past 3 years.

Slainte (Irish for cheers) – Colleen