Preserving the Lutana Woodland Reserve

THE Lutana community is getting behind an initiative to help preserve the natural values of their much-loved local park.

The Lutana Woodland Reserve is a few hectares of green space bordering Nyrstar.

It contains more than 35 native plant species including grasses, herbs, orchids, shrubs and trees, as well as two species that are formally listed as ‘rare’ in Tasmania.

Glenorchy City Council (GCC) organised a ‘walk and talk’ event earlier this year for the local community to learn about the history of the site and remnant flora of the Lutana Woodlands.

Glenorchy City Council environmental engagement officer Carl Gallagher said since the walk, the Lutana Woodlands Group had formed under the Environmental Volunteer Program run by the Council.

“The program is an opportunity for residents to get involved in projects that protect and enhance our local natural areas,” he said.

“The Lutana Woodlands Group have been working alongside council staff to help preserve the native flora in the reserve, report dumped rubbish and assist with the management and removal of environmental weeds including Gorse and Boneseed.”

Glenorchy City Council will be running another community walk and talk at Lutana Woodlands at 10am on Sunday 25 November.

It will be an opportunity for residents to learn about the remnant native ground flora in the reserve, which is coming into flower as the weather warms up.

For more information about the walk and talk event or becoming an environmental volunteer, visit Council’s website at www.gcc.tas.gov.au or contact Council by phone 6216 6800 or email gccmail@gcc.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Volunteers working in the Lutana Woodlands Reserve.