Holly removal from the gardens of the historical “Hermitage” Guest House on the Black Spur at Narbethong.
Thirteen employees from Accenture joined Phil and Janet from Landcare for a peaceful day of ‘cutting and painting’ wild holly with loppers and herbicide.
The original gardens at ‘The Hermitage’ were laid out by Baron Von Mueller in 1893. There are now many magnificent exotic trees mixed with the native mountain ash and tree ferns . I am not sure if he introduced the hollys but he did bring the first blackberries to Australia ! Thousands of wild holly plants are now invading the surrounding bushland.
Many of the trees were too large for loppers and handsaws , Chris has organised a contractor to do the major chainsaw work , then more teams of volunteers can be recruited to cut out the smaller plants . This would be an overwhelming project for the owner and his wife to complete without assistance.
Thanks Accenture volunteers.
Five of the volunteers were heading off for a long Australia Day weekend after helping us , bushwalking to Lake Tarli Karn and down the Macalister River , what beautiful weather they had for this adventure .