MOUNT Alexander’s first Landcare Camp Out on The Mount “pine pull” was a great success and is likely to become an annual event, an organiser says.
Max Schlachter from Connecting Country said 65 people took part in the big working bee earlier this month.
The volunteers succeeded in removing about 450 pine trees ranging in size from young saplings to six-metre tall trees, which he said "fell with a satisfying thump”.
Mr Schlachter was impressed by the enthusiasm of participants and their desire to help the Mt Alexander Regional Park.
“It was great to see so many people there and getting stuck into the pine trees with a lot of gusto,” he said. “They did a really great job.”
He said Connecting Country and Parks Victoria hoped Camp Out would become an annual event for the next few years until all the pines on Mount Alexander “have been taken care of”.
The next steps will be to map the location of the remaining pines on Mount Alexander, which is a project of the Harcourt Valley Landcare Group, and then to develop a plan for next year’s Camp Out.
The organisers were grateful for the support of the Mount Alexander Shire Council which made much of the event possible and also Sprout Bakery in Castlemaine which generously donated beautiful bread for the barbecue afterwards.
It was great to see so many people there and getting stuck into the pine trees.