After a year of being on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions the Citizen Forester program is back! We will be holding a series of planting days in Royal Park as a way to celebrate and spend some time outdoors in the company of other volunteers. These planting days will be in partnership with Gardens for Wildlife and will be a chance for our two volunteer programmes to cross pollinate.

We know that biodiversity thrives in habitats that are made up of lots of different types of vegetation: shrubs and ground covers, as wells and trees and grasses. To complement the city's trees and lawns, we are working to grow more 'understorey' shrubs in our streets and parks. Citizen Foresters are invited to join us for a series of planting days where we will be planting native grasses and shrubs in Royal Park.

Our next planting days will be:

  • Wednesday 23 June, 2021
  • Saturday 26 June, 2021
  • Sunday 27 June, 2021

The events will be held in Royal Park, Parkville. The exact planting locations will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Planting can be hard work, so please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty.

Be sure to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, including sun protection and warm or waterproof clothing, as appropriate.

It's also a good idea to bring some water.

If possible, please also bring you own personal protective equipment. This includes gardening gloves, face mask and hand sanitizer. We will provide spare equipment if required.

Royal Park is well serviced by public transport.

The planting locations will be emailed to you prior to the event.

The Route 58 tram goes through Royal Park and

trams along Royal Parade or Flemington Road will provide access to Royal Park.

The Royal Park tram stop can be found on Google Maps

Sign up to one or all of the events here.

Image Gallery

Images from the previous habitat planting day on the banks of the Maribyrnong River.