National Grass Day

Filed under Environment & Pollution, Event & Venue, News ~ by Press on  30 Jul 2012

29 July 2012 ~ Not quite what you think from the headline.

National Tree Day was hosted in Newcastle by Trees In Newcastle (TIN) with a special planting in King Edward Park complementing threatened Themeda Grasses.

The park is home to endangered ecological community of Themeda on sea cliffs and coastal headlands.

Typically a closed tussocky grassland, Themeda can be open shrub land or open heath with grasses in between, and is on the brink of extinction. 

We’re pretty excited about the planting this year,” said Paul Jennings, Trees In Newcastle’s (TIN) Tree Day Coordinator.

Council has stopped mowing some areas of the Park to encourage the Themeda and we’ll be planting the other plants that like to cohabit with it as part of the coastal heath community.”

The TIN crew have been preparing the site for the past month getting rid of the exotic grasses, which also helps the Themeda in the long run, and makes it really enjoyable planting day on National Tree Day,” Paul said

When I was 15 my first job was working in King Edward Park planting exotic species, wishing I was planting natives, pushing lawnmowers attached to ropes to mow the slopes and picking up the cardboard after the weekend sliding sessions. We’ve come a long way. Now, with the support of Council, we’re protecting endangered species and planting back what belongs, a dream come true” Paul said.

Themeda grasslands on sea cliffs and coastal headlands have been greatly reduced by coastal development and weed invasion. The grasslands are a link to the past with only a few remaining hectares showing the coast before European settlement.

TIN hosts the National Tree Day event with BBQs with sponsor support, this year by ERM Foundation, Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority, Sharon Grierson MP, Newcastle City Council -and tucker by Bunnings and Coles.

View examples of King Edward Park Themeda at Newcastle Council website.

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