After three consecutive years of Strathbogie Landcare funded woody weed control, the fourth year has seen the blackberry canes imploding at last. Strathbogie Shire Council have removed the dangerous collapsed fence between the Council Reserve and Spring Creek Crown Land. Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority have funded our freshly minted trail markers.
The trail itself is starting to take shape. A flagging taped proposed trail was marked a couple of months ago. It is good to see evidence people have been walking it. The foot traffic is beginning to be etched into the landscape to form the trail path itself. No one has suggested any changes.
Work has begun on the trail route to prune low hanging branches and assist cane collapsing in the narrower strips through dead infestations. This has exposed some previously hidden wombat holes and depressions along the route that would otherwise be hazardous to walkers. These holes are being left available to the animals, watch your step.
As part of this first Bridge to Bridge extension project, large stands of highly invasive holly were also treated when we began, The removal of remaining stumps along the route is underway. They also make for serious trip hazards. They are hard to extract and incredibly resilient. The stumps often look dead from above ground, but many are alive below. Some discarded holly branches have also taken root. It doesn’t seem to matter which part of the branch is in contact with the ground. Some holly trees that were treated by direct injection are shooting again.
We understood blackberry would re-emerge in time. There are definitely more rounds of woody weed treatment to go!
Nonetheless, the section of new trail prepared so far is looking good and walkable for those familiar with the hazards of bush trails. At the very least there are animal burrows, fallen limbs, high embankments, washouts and other reasons for uneven ground. Hey, this is not meant to be a walk in the park- so be careful!!!
Then there are the beauties to be discovered along this reclaimed riparian bushland; fern fringed embankments, lamandra meadows, falls and cascades, active wildlife (including snakes), grand eucalypts (even some remnant snow gums) and the tumbling waters of Spring and Magiltan Creeks.
Work on the trail will continue to extend toward its conclusion over the next few months. It runs for three plus kilometres as a return trip. You can come back either through the bush the way you went in, traverse the open grassland of the Council Reserve or walk the roadside of Magiltan Drive.
Note: for those of you more energetic, why not combine the Spring – Magiltan Creek Loop with Bridge to Bridge and the Armstrong St Bridge – Smith’s Bridge Loop? That will give you a healthy seven to eight kilometres of exercise in domains that wrap the township in serious natural beauty – all brought to you by Strathbogie Landcare.