Friends of Dudley Peninsula Parks have finished their work for the year with yet another weed blitz, this time at Cape Willoughby Conservation Park at the eastern extremity of Kangaroo Island.
The park is the smallest of the 7 land parks on the Dudley Peninsula at a mere 18 hectares, hardly enough to conserve biodiversity but plenty to conserve the human heritage of the area.
The department pulled out the worst of the African boxthorns, which were cloaking the hillsides, two years ago and we followed up this month with cut and swab to restrain the regrowth and the Apple of Sodom.
We have given up on restoring biodiversity but we can still make the area more pleasant for visitors. A copse of Allocasuarina verticillata trees already gives shade and a good kangaroo viewing site to walkers on the trail.
In the 2015 winter we’ll be planting a few more shelter belts or shade areas along the walking trail with seedlings of Narrow-leaved Mallee and Bottlebrush we’ve grown from seed that we collected from the adjacent Heritage block
And we finished up the working bee with a Christmas lunch at Zest & Thyme just outside the park, a café with a view to die for from anywhere inside or out. and if you can bear to tear yourself away, there are Quentin Chester’s fabulous photos on the walls.