Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped plant trees on the Heysen Trail.
The trees planted at Worlds End can now actually be seen along the road at Dutton’s Trough.
Most of the trees are still only about knee high but they are starting to stand out from the other roadside vegetation. The best of the trees is scarcely large enough to hide behind (although the photo shows Neil is having a good try!). It has almost doubled in size over the last twelve months.
Our tallest tree, the Worlds End Wonder, is 1.75m and has shot up recently.
The good rains we’ve had over the last 12 months have helped, but the trees have also benefited from special care and supplemental watering provided by the Greening Committee.
In addition to Duttons Trough, the Greening Committee has also managed plantings at Centennial Drive in the Mount Crawford Forest, Hiskeys Hut and along the Bundaleer Channel reserve south of Spalding.
This year we are planting at Lights Pass on the Lavender Federation Trail.
Thanks again to the Greening volunteers and End to End walkers who have helped over several years. Your efforts will be appreciated by walkers in the years ahead.
The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from Monday May 1 to Friday May 5, 2017.
As this coincides with the end of the Fire Danger season in the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire District, walkers are advised to delay their plans to walk on this section of the trail.
The purpose of the closure is to protect public safety during an Aerial feral animal control program.
Campsites and other walking trails in The Deep Creek Conservation Park will also be closed during this time.
The trail will be closed between Blowhole Creek and the eastern boundary of the Deep Creek Conservation Park, Tunkalilla (end of McGregor Rd track). Warning signs and trail closure signs will be placed at several locations along the trail and at the western and eastern approaches to the park.
If you have any enquiries, please call Megan Harper at the Willunga Natural Resources Centre on (08) 8550 3408
Registrations have opened for the first Heysen Trail End to End Maintenance (E2EM) week-end to be held at Cape Jervis on 13th & 14th May.
If you are interested in helping out on the trail, you can register on the Friends website in the same way as you would for a walk.
We appreciate the contribution you will be making to maintaining the trail, so registration is free.
You may have already seen the earlier news item on End to End Maintenance weekends. If not, check it out now to find out more about the program.
There will be more End to End Maintenance week-ends throughout the walking season. These are now listed on the walks program on the website.
If you want any more information on the weekends, please contact the Office.
There is temporary re-route of the Heysen Trail in the vicinity of the Jupiter Creek Diggings site.
The Diggings site has been temporarily closed due to storm damage which has raised safety concerns about some of the mine shafts. Repair work is being undertaken to restore the area.
As a result there is a 3.5 kilometre re-route between Rowe Road on the northern side of the diggings and Kuipto Forest.
Trail closure signs have been erected at both ends of the trail. Please follow the Heysen Trail markers along the re-route.
The Diggings are located west of Echunga in the Adelaide Hills. The site can be found on Map 3.1 of the Heysen Trail Southern Guide and also on the Heysen Trail Sheet Map 2A.
Bookings for the first End to End 12 walk on Sunday May 21st are filling fast. If you want to join the group, now is the time to register.
End to End 12 is the 12th Friend’s group to walk the Heysen Trail. The group will set off from the Cape Jervis trailhead heading towards Parachilna Gorge.
Their first destination is Cobbler Hill in the Deep Creek Conservation Park. The trail for this walk follows sandy coastal tracks and exposed coastal hillsides, providing spectacular views over Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island.
As with previous groups the level of interest has been strong. After opening on Monday morning, the first bus was full by midday. We have now added a second smaller bus, so there are limited spaces available.
You can register on our website http://heysentrail.asn.au/walks/1601/event/view/ or calling the office. Maybe chat with a friend about joining the group, but be quick!