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Fun for Family and friends Topped off with a Free Lunch
How long does it take to plant 20,000 trees? Just two hours when we all pitch in. The City of Casey is inviting residents to participate in its largest ever tree planting event. People from the City's diverse cultural backgrounds and of all ages are invited to "plant their roots" in Casey. To celebrate the event a free multi-cultural lunch will be served after the trees are planted.
Plant Your Roots in Casey (Image by By Silnami - Own work - Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
The planting of ten hectares will aid in the regeneration of land and biodiversity of our natural resources. In the old measurements that's a whopping 24.7 acres. It will create a green corridor from Casey to the foothills and provide a habitat for thousands of animals.
Imagine the sense of achievement as you look on the plantings, the beginnings of something bigger than yourself that will remain a legacy for the generations to come. Bring the family, roll up your sleeves and get down and dirty. Meet like-minded people from your own area and forge friendships over a free lunch.
A 2014 study showed only 6 per cent of Casey's indigenous vegetation remained. (Image from City of Casey Facebook Page)
Become a regular visitor to the park and watch the trees grow. There is a picnic area, public facilities and a number of walking and cycling tracks.
Police Paddocks, also referred to as Dandenong Police Paddocks, and now part of the Churchill National Park, takes its name from its historic use. Traditionally the term police paddocks refers to an area set aside for the grazing of police horses.
The Police Paddocks are an important wildlife habitat - perhaps you will be lucky enough to spot an echidna on one of your visits.
The Victorian Police Force, then newly established, took control of the area in 1853 for horse breeding and it was a significant part of the Mounted Police until 1931. The Dandenong Police Paddocks were also the headquarters for blacktrackers in days gone by and were known as the Native Police Depot. Also here was the Narre Warren Protectorate Station.
Since the 1920's and before being set aside as parkland, road metal and building materials was dug from the area, a water supply channel was cut to Dandenong and a power line easement obtained. The Dandenong Police Paddocks were gazetted as the Dandenong National Park in 1941 and renamed to Churchill National Park in 1944.
Scoresby Tramway Quarry now the Churchill National Park and Police Paddocks Image by Tony f - Own work - CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
This historic tree planting event is being held at Police Paddocks, Baileyana Drive, Endeavour Hills between 10am and 12pm (noon) on Sunday 11th October, 2015. A free lunch is provided. To register your attendance please visit the Try Booking website by 4th October. 2015. Car parking is limited. Bus services are available, catch the 843 Dandenong bus service. Timetables can be found here. Further details can be found on the City of Casey website or by telephoning the City of Casey Customer Service on (03) 9705 5200.