Conservation efforts celebrated at field day at Pine Grove

Nature walks, Aboriginal cultural heritage education and land management tips were among the highlights of a recent field day at a central Victorian property.

Peter Morison and Jen Alden opened the gates of their Pine Grove property to 70 people last Friday as part of a ‘Spring into Nature’ event organised by conservation and environmental organisations.

The couple have undertaken work on the 100-hectare property to restore the land back to good health, and recently established a conservation convenant on the land title, which will ensure the property is protected into the future.

The Pine Grove property has red gums up to 500 years old, Aboriginal cultural sites such as scar trees and an oven mound, a variety of native fauna, and remnants of the critically endangered plains grassland.

The 70 attendees heard from Mr Morison and Ms Alden on what they have done to improve the ecological health of the land and learnt about cultural heritage from Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation chairman Trent Nelson.

Dr Jim Radford, from La Trobe University, also led a woodland bird walk.

Trust for Nature, North Central Catchment Management Authority and the Northern Plains Conservation Management Network organised the field day, with support from the national Landcare program.

Anyone who wants more information on protecting land can contact Deanna Marshall, Trust for Nature’s north west area manager, on 0477 168 808 or at deannam@tfn.org.au.