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Three Mile Scrub Group Working Bee: 25 March
Want to get your hands dirty after the rain? Please come along to the next Three Mile Scrub Bushcare Group working bee on Saturday 25th March from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. The site is near the creek crossing at Quandong Park in Quandong Street, Ashgrove.

We will be doing mosaic planting of a prepared area on the upper creek bank. While cane grass is a weed, it provides good cover for many forms of wildlife. To maintain wildlife habitat, we are removing a mosaic of scattered patches of cane grass, planting them out with lowland rainforest species, and not removing adjacent cane grass until the new plants are providing good cover.

For more information, contact Chris on 0419724574

Aquatic Macro Invertebrate Survey Training: 26 March
Learn about the methodology to undertake an aquatic macro invertebrate survey in your local creek. Training will include capture techniques, identification of macro invertebrates, and how the results relate to monitoring waterway health. This is part of the Waterway Health Assessment Training (WHAT) program provided by Brisbane City Council for catchment groups.

When: Sunday 26 March: 9am - 12noon (morning tea & lunch provided)
Where: To be advised.
Cost: Free to SOWN members.

RSVP & Questions: By Friday 10 March to Michael Thorley at BCC on 34070049 or email to ccofficers@brisbane.qld.gov.au


'This Week by the Creek' March 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 logo.

SOWN wins Lord Mayor's Australia Day Award
SOWN has won the Lord Mayor's Australia Day 'Green Heart Award - Organisation' for 2017.

In making the award the Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, said that SOWN is 'a perfect example of a local group giving back to the community at a grassroots level ... by rehabilitating waterways, increasing community awareness ... and also providing valuable environmental education to prisoners at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre'.

The Lord Mayor presented the award to SOWN President, Leo Lee, and members Lynn Swan, Di Glynn, Derek Simpson and John Abbott, at Australia Day events this week.

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. 

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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 8.30 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.