G'day from The Friends of Blackwood Forest Recreation Park

JUNE 12 

It was a perfect day for planting!

Thank you to the Joeys who came along with mum and dad to help us plant along Minno Creek.
They did a TERRIFIC job!
It was a great opportunity for the children to learn about their environment and explore the creek and the forest.

After their hard work we shared yummy hot soup, bread and a variety of cakes.
Thank you to Bakers Delight for donating their bread.


to all our supporters who donated
to the Crowd Funding Campaign
All the people who supported us at various sausage sizzles

We have raised the funds to replace the roof of the former
Office Building.

Now we turn our attention to the interior.

At last month's working bee we made progress replacing the floorboards.

The "before" shot

The volunteers get cracking!

Finally the roof is finished and the former office building of the Government Experimental Orchard can look forward to a new lease of life.


Doesn't it look grand?

Thanks to the contractor Damian
of Hilltop Roofing
for his work & support
in the project

 Blackwood Hire for supplying the scaffolding.

We continue to raise money with sausage sizzles

A big thank to all those people who supported our stall.
A special thank you to Bakers Delight, Blackwood for again donating bread for the sausage sizzle.

Revegetation program

Spring Blossom

It is so gratifying to monitor the growth of plants each year.
These shrubs River Bottlebrush (Callistemon Sieberi) and Silky Tea-Tree (Leptospermum lanigerum), which were planted in 2008 on the banks of Minno Creek, are now well established.


Working Bees will be held from 10 - 12 on Sunday mornings (weather permitting)
on the following dates:
  • February 26
  • March 26
  • April 23
  • May21
  • June 25
  • July 23
  • August 20
  • September 24
  • October 22
  • November 26


They did a wonderful job planting shrubs and trees

As always after a planting session we all enjoyed a mug of hot soup and yummy cake!

Glen is doing a great job
clearing the east west creek. Next year we will plant some River Red Gums
along the creek bank.

The east west creek is flowing!

Meanwhile Jenny and Mark have discovered a stone lined drain that has been hidden for years!

and also this little fellow!
There are 6 frog species listed for the Adelaide Hills
We would love to know which one this is.

Don't forget we are a dog friendly park
and at this time of the year are a good idea, boots
especially for exploring the creeks!

Denise and Glen hard at work at a recent working bee

At a recent Working Bee we got stuck into an area overgrown with Blackberries & found this attractive rocky bank.

Three years ago, the area shown in the photo below was a rubbish dump full of weeds.

June 2011 - before planting

Just see what new plantings and some weeding can do!

March 2014


Sweet apple berry or Billardiera cymosa

Sticky hop bush or Dodonea viscosa

Australian hollyhock or Lavatera plebeia

Pale groundsel or Senecio hypoleucus

Bracket fungi found on the bank of Minno Creek above
and below in East West Creek

A pair of ducks enjoying Minno Creek

Magnificent spring blossom

A horse and rider enjoy the Park

We welcome wedding parties to the Park for taking photographs on their special day. The pine forest, former manager's office and house offer picturesque locations. We do ask you to contact the Dept. of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR phone 82785477) to ensure there are no other events being held on the day. Of course there is no charge, but a donation would be appreciated to help the Friends continue with the re-vegetation of the Park.

Are you one of the many people who regularly walk your dog in the Park? If so you might like to consider joining our group as a "passive member". Your annual membership fee ($10.00 individual/$15 family) will help purchase fuel & equipment and contribute to the on going maintenance of our revegetation program. Please check the membership page for details.

Data base of blue labels

We have made a start photographing the blue enamel labels which used to identify every tree in the
Experimental Orchard.

When the Orchard ceased to operate, many of these labels were buried in the creek bank. Of the 1624 different apple varieties that were planted, we have rescued 541 labels. They are a fascinating source of information.

Each label records the exact location of the tree within the Orchard,
for example the label below indicates the Prince Edward apple was planted in block M
and was no 3 in row 42.

The supplier, country of supplier and date are also recorded - The Prince Edward was supplied by Veitch Nursery in England and was planted in 1912

Reinette de Canada was planted in 1908, the year the Orchard was established, and was sourced from Wicks, one of the State's first nurseries.

The Belle de Boskoop apple came from the Transon Nursery in France and was planted in 1911. A search reveals that it is a crisp, tangy, juicy apple. The skin is rough, dull and russeted.