Victoria University researcher Dr Megan O’Shea and summer scholarship student Jessica Harman have designed the Seed from the Streets program to increase the quantity of seed available to reinvigorate Brimbank grasslands.
The program is looking for local residents to participate. It will assist them to develop their nature-strips into seed production areas and grow and harvest a single seed or mixed species crop. The harvested seed will then be used at one of the local grassland reserves to start revegetation projects.
Dr Megan O’Shea said, “Victorian grasslands are often degraded and lacking biodiversity. In the Brimbank area, for instance, the network of Cairnlea grasslands requires the reintroduction of wildflowers to increase the diversity of plants.
“One of the problems with reintroducing wildflowers is the lack of available seed.
“By involving the community a vast quantity of species may be grown on nature-strips. These will then reduce the collection pressure on remnant populations, simplify seed harvest, and produce quantities of weed-free seed.”
“Increasing plant diversity can help pollinator movement, population genetics, stability of grasslands against disturbances, and increase food available to wildlife and improve their habitat,” Dr O’Shea said.
The Seed from the Streets program will be at Brimbank City Council’s Sustainable Living Expo, 22 February, Westvale Community Centre, 45 Kings Road St Albans, 10am till 3pm.
Residents are encouraged to visit the Seed from the Streets stand to obtain further information about the program and sign up to make a positive contribution to the management of local native grasslands
For further information contact Dr Megan O’Shea on [email protected]
Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University
9919 4322; 0434 602884; [email protected]