The Understorey Network volunteers at the community nursery

Conservation Volunteers Welcomes The Understorey Network

Conservation Volunteers is pleased to announce we have taken over the management of The Understorey Network in Tasmania. This change in management has allowed us to enrich our programs and expand on the types of experiences we can offer our volunteers. The Understorey Network operates a community nursery that is open to volunteers once a week, with workshops and field trips offered throughout the year. We will be seeking further opportunities to expand the program and get more people involved, so keep an eye on our website, or follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with what’s happening.

Who is The Understorey Network?

The Understorey Network plants at the community nursery

The Understorey Network plants at the community nursery

The Understorey Network is a not-for-profit, community based organisation promoting the protection of existing native vegetation and the use of local, native understorey plants in revegetation projects. Based in Glenorchy, the community nursery is capable of growing 35,000 plants as well as managing a Tasmanian native plant seedbank, the only online plant database in Tasmania, and the delivery of community workshops and seed collection field trips.

The Understorey Network has a strong base of volunteers who collect the seeds, propagate the plants and take care of them until they are ready for planting or sale at a weekly plant sale on site at the nursery.

A significant major project recently delivered by The Understorey Network project was “Enhancing critical habitat of the endangered forty-spotted pardalote”, made possible with funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Program. The forty-spotted pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus) is one of Tasmania’s most endangered birds, with the total population having declined to approximately 1,000 birds. This project rehabilitated and increased the area, connectivity and resilience of habitat (white gum forest) by engaging landholders and community groups to undertake revegetation, fencing, and activities that enhance natural regeneration. The project also increased community knowledge, skills and engagement through the holding of workshops on seed collection and plant propagation, production of awareness raising materials, and volunteer and school groups growing plants and undertaking revegetation activities.

It gives us great pleasure to welcome The Understorey Network volunteers and members to Conservation Volunteers as an exciting addition to the suite of programs and programs in Tasmania. We would encourage new volunteers to come along and get involved in this great community program and for more information, please contact our Understorey Network Program Officer, Oliver Strutt