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National Tree Day Celebrations - Sunday 30 July
Its coming up again so put it in your diary! SOWN Nursery and Paten Park Native Nursery are having our annual open, fun day on Sunday 30 July to celebrate National Tree Day.

Time: Sunday 30 July 2017, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Location: SOWN Nursery and PPNN, 57 Paten Road, The Gap.

Don't miss the celebrations as there will be talks, displays, demonstrations and wildlife - with a reptile theme. Also a BBQ and good coffee. Please come along to this free local event and bring your family, relatives and neighbours. For more information please see the detailed program attached. 


The Cane Toad Challenge
The Cane Toad Challenge is the University of Queensland's citizen science project to trial the use of their new patented cane toad tadpole baiting technology. The baits are species specific to cane toad tadpoles and are not toxic to other organisms within the waterway.

Brisbane City Council is seeking expressions of interest from groups to nominate potential sites for cane toad tadpole control.

The following criteria should be used to determine suitable sites:
- located on Council land and either a current Creek Catchment or Habitat Brisbane site;
- still or slow moving water bodies within the site;
- regular problems with cane toad and their tadpoles on the site;
- have willing participants within the group that would like to would like to participate in a trial over the next three years.

If you have sites that fit the above criteria, please contact Emma Rigney on emma.rigney@brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone 31782719.

'This Week by the Creek' - May e-news bulletin
The latest 'This Week by the Creek' e-news bulletin from our partners at the BCC Creek Catchments Program is attached.

It includes upcoming events, training opportunities, grants available and news and information. Just click on the Catchments Program logo.

Membership cards are needed to collect plants from SOWN Nursery
The SOWN nursery has become a victim of its own success.

It is clear that a significant number of non-members have been taking advantage of our generosity and making no contribution to SOWN.

Free plants will only be made available to current SOWN financial members, who must present their membership card and member number to take plants or borrow equipment.

Membership cards can be collected from the nursery with proper identification.

Please return your wire trays
If you have any wire trays and you can return them to the SOWN nursery, please do so asap.

This is a recurring problem and failure to return these trays impedes our capacity to grow plants and to supply them to you.

Trays can be left at the nursery gate at any time, they will be cleared by nursery volunteers throughout the week. Please help us to help you. We could buy more trays by implementing a deposit scheme, but this would be an unnecessary inconvenience to you and the nursery volunteers.

Lynn Swan volunteering for SOWN Nursery

Saturday morning nursery volunteers are needed!
We need more volunteers to help staff the SOWN Plant Nursery on a Saturday morning. It's only for two hours every couple of months and it's a seriously great place to hang out amongst the plants. 

Sown Logo

SOWN is a community organisation working to restore the habitats of creeks and waterways in the catchments of Enoggera, Ithaca and Fish Creeks in Brisbane's north west.

The SOWN nursery provides plants free to members. Nursery opening hours are as follows:
Saturdays 9.00 am to 11.00 am; and
Wednesdays 9.00 am to 12.30 pm.

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These planting guides will help you choose the best local native plants for your regeneration site or garden. You can also visit the "Plants To Plant" section using the site navigation. 

SOWN has volunteer catchment groups working on creek restoration throughout the Enoggera catchment including along Enoggera Creek, Fish Creek and Ithaca Creek. Look here to find the group nearest to you.