Saving Black Gum in Woodend

Situated in the verdant valley of the Macedon Ranges is the picturesque town of Woodend, Victoria. This region is home to the rare and threatened native tree known as Black Gum (Eucalyptus aggregata). Black Gum is found in NSW and Victoria and is listed under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999.

In Victoria, Black Gum is entirely restricted to the Woodend region, where it is found growing on the banks of the Five Mile and Slatey Creeks and in cool, low-lying areas called ‘frost hollows’. To date, few surveys have been undertaken to determine whether this species occurs elsewhere in the region. However, a historic herbarium record from the Tipperary Springs region at Daylesford suggests that the species was once more widespread. 

Black Gum grows on the banks of the Five Mile and Slatey Creeks in Woodend.

Black Gum grows on the banks of the Five Mile and Slatey Creeks in Woodend.

Kids loved the Sound Dome where they had to guess mysterious sounds of threatened species.

Kids loved the Sound Dome where they had to guess mysterious sounds of threatened species.

The Threatened Species Conservancy has been working on a strategy to prevent the extinction of this much-loved threatened tree. With the invaluable support of the Woodend Landcare group and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the Threatened Species Conservancy has been controlling weeds in Black Gum habitat on private land, collecting Black Gum seeds for future revegetation and long-term storage at the Royal Botanic Gardens and raising awareness of the species.

We’ve received so much support for this project and have been inspired by the enthusiasm of the Woodend community to protect this iconic tree and its habitat. Recently, we held a stall at the Woodend Community Farmers Market. It was a great opportunity to meet local residents and talk about Black Gum. 

If you would like to learn more about Black Gum, we’ll be holding a free Black Gum Information Day on Sunday, June 30 at 1:30 pm at the Five Mile Creek walking track (at the north end of Jeffreys St, Woodend). Botanist Anna Murphy will be speaking about Black Gum ecology and eucalypt identification. Arborist Tim Cameron will chat about how to maintain tree health.

The event will be followed by afternoon tea at the Woodend Neighbourhood House.

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to info@tsconservancy.org or
ph: 0423 485 124.

Phoebe the Phascogale and Threatened Species Conservancy Director Anna Murphy.

Phoebe the Phascogale and Threatened Species Conservancy Director Anna Murphy.

 
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 This project was funded with the support of the Victorian State Government.