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Learning from Merri Murnong

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Come and learn all about the Merri Murnong community revegetation project, which is situated on the Merri Creek trail in Coburg North, on Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Land. 

This significant community project started in the early 2000's centring around the planting of indigenous edible tubers such as Lilies and Murnong daisies as well as medicinal and fibre plants that were found in Grassy Woodlands. A series of festivals incorporating Wurundjeri Culture were later organised to celebrate their harvest. This was all done in careful consultation with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Organisation. 

One of the members, Pascale Pitot, will talk to us about the joys and challenges of caring for such a big project. If you are interested in plants, people, revegetation and helping to care for Country, coming along to learn from these insights is a must! Most of the talk will take place at the Merri Murnong site, and then the group will walk to a nearby she-oak grove of significance. There will also be time for some helpful in-situ activities such as seed collecting, weeding and thatching.  

Merri Murnong is located on the banks of Merri Creek and is accessible by the Merri Creek path. A detailed map can be found here. 

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This is an outdoor event in a garden with uneven surfaces including crushed gravel, compacted granitic sand, mulch, grass and concrete pathways. Places to this event are strictly limited. If you are no longer able to attend the event, please let us know by emailing programs@necchi.org so that we can pass your ticket on to another keen participant! 

Please wear weather appropriate clothing, closed shoes and a hat. Make sure you also have gardening gloves and a water bottle.

This workshop forms part of the Coburg Community Garden Festival Program and is a My Smart Garden event proudly presented by Merri-bek City Council on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people of the Kulin nation. My Smart Garden pays our respect to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledges that First Nations peoples have cared for Country sustainably for tens of thousands of years.


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