A new District 9800 Centenary Planting Guide Project for Greater Melbourne will be launched on 14 November 2020.  The Project is a valuable resource to ‘Support the Environment’ – Rotary’s new Area of Focus.

District 9800 is engaging The Wheen Bee Foundation https://www.wheenbeefoundation.org.au to develop plant selection guides specifically suited to the bio-regions of the urban areas of Melbourne that support and attract birds, insects, bees and other pollinators all year round.

 

‘Pollination is a vital support system and without it we could not exist.’

Sir David Attenborough

 

Did you know?

An estimated one third of our food is pollination dependent.

 

The Planting Guide is a great resource for Rotary Clubs, Rotarians, Rotaractors, sponsors, partners and stakeholders for their own personal use in their gardens, patios, balconies, pots or roof gardens. It also opens opportunities to connect with community groups who may benefit from the planting guide.

 

Share the resource with local councils and initiate planting projects in parks, reserves, river banks, median strips, meadows, community gardens etc.

  • Offer the resource to local schools to promote school gardens or to establish green spaces
  • Use the resource for any urban gardens your club is associated with such as where your club meets, op shops, community groups you support such as aged care etc
  • Seek local community groups involved in restoring vegetation and encourage the use of the planting resource
  • Satellite Clubs and Rotaracts with a potential younger base may use the Planting Guide to generate environmental activities

To take advantage of this unique and valuable resource, we encourage you to promote registration for the Webinar launch to clubs in your respective District and others. To register for the Webinar on November 14, 2020 4:00 pm: https://www.australianpollinatorweek.org.au/event/powerful-pollinators-melbourne-eastern-suburbs/

Background

Pollinators are both essential to, and depend upon, healthy ecosystems. Pollinators carry pollen from one plant to another. Pollen fertilises a plant’s eggs. Without healthy ecosystems and the presence of native vegetation to support insect populations, pollination will decline. Pollinators require habitat such as diverse, native vegetation that provides year-round food sources and nesting sites.

The Wheen Bee Foundation has produced a Planting Guide listing a selection of suitable pollinator-friendly plant.to support pollinators to thrive in our urban landscapes and gardens.

There will be three separate planting guides to align with the three distinct Melbourne’s urban bioregions: Victorian Volcanic Plain, Gippsland Plain, and Victoria Southern Fall Uplands (see map attached).

These three Melbourne bio-regions overlap four Rotary Districts. These Guides will be available free on line and each of the three guides will be launched with a webinar to provide additional awareness and support.

The first Planting Guide will be the Gippsland Plain region to be launched on 14 November 2020. The other two Guides will follow early in 2021.

Dr Anna Carrucan from The Wheen Bee Foundation and Dr Megan Halcroft from Bees Business, the Botanists who developed the Guide will be the keynote speakers at the Webinar launch on Saturday 14 November 2020 at 4:00 pm. To register: https://www.australianpollinatorweek.org.au/event/powerful-pollinators-melbourne-eastern-suburbs/