On Saturday, 1st June 2019 Mount Vincent Landcare Inc (MVLC) celebrated 30 Years of Landcaring in the Mulbring Valley.  The gathering was held at Mulbring Public School, with members, parents and children taking part in regeneration of the Bush Tucker garden and discussion session.  A ‘Welcome kit’ (includes guides and reference books, pamphlets, re-usable hot drink cups and a sign to use for workshops and planting days) was presented to MVLC as a member group of HRLN and for their fantastic achievements in Landcare.

Over 30 years, members have planted thousands of native/ indigenous trees and shrubs creating wildlife corridors and windbreaks and regenerating riparian areas. Later projects had been aimed at tackling weeds such as lantana and camphor laurel. The beautiful wooded vista that visitors now see as they come over The Gap into the Hunter Valley from Freemans Waterhole is one that its Landcarers have helped to create.  The group has some very experienced Landcarers and welcomes new members who are interested in the community and helping with ongoing projects no matter where they live. 

MVLC is currently involved with Mulbring Public school to look after the bush tucker garden and frog pond (Stage 1 of the project) and maintenance of the orchard (Stage 2 of the project) which will be undertaken later in the winter. MVLC members will prune the deciduous trees and spread the soil and mulch. This should guarantee good fruiting in the spring and into next autumn. The children love eating fruit from the trees.

“On behalf of Mt Vincent Landcare (MVLC) group and Mulbring Public School, we would like to thank Solo, Australian Native Landscapes and Cessnock City Council for the generous donation of compost, mulch and other garden supplies to re-establish native gardens and to replenish the orchard. Such help is great for generating interest in the community, and especially the children, in Landcare and the work that we do.”  We are also grateful to the Hunter Region Landcare Network and Hunter Local Land Services for funding the project.” MVLC