Environment & Gardening

Ashwood College Permaculture Food Garden
Open days Wednesday and Saturday 10.30 till early afternoon. New volunteers always welcome with produce to take home after the session.
Directions to the garden: turn right at the first entrance to Ashwood High off Vannam Drive. 30 metres on right at the end of the school drive. Enquiries contact Lynda 0404083272 or through the ACPFG Facebook page.

Bellbird Dell Reserve, Vermont South
Working bees 1st Sat. 10am-noon, m/tea. Dig and make friends! Check Dell noticeboard, take garden gloves, tools provided. e: info@bellbirddell.org  Ph. 9262 6333.

Bungalook Nursery, Blackburn South
Propagate indigenous plants, prepare for distribution, join walks in local bushland and more with friendly volunteers plus social events. Open Wednesday 9:30–noon, Friday 9:30am-1pm (except for an excursion every three months – see website for dates). e: wcipp@yahoo.com.au   w: wcipp.org.au

Box Hill Garden Club
Meets at Springfield Park Pavilion (corner Dorking and Springfield Roads), Box Hill. Third Tuesdays 10am. Guest speakers. All welcome.  Ph. Yvonne Chapman 9874 3293. e: boxhillgardenclub@gmail.com  w: www.boxhillgardenclub.org.au

Camberwell Morning Garden Club
Meets at Camberwell Pentanque club rms, Wakefields Gr (off Through Rd, Mel 60F4). 9:45am–noon, February to November, second Thursday of month. Varied speakers, plant stall, morning tea and great fellowship. Regular outings for members. Visitors welcome. Friendly environment and get to make new gardening friends. www.cmgc.net.au

Chadstone Food Forest
Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, 34 Amaroo Street, Chadstone. Chadstone Food Forest is an urban food forest located in Batesford Reserve, Chadstone. Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm and first Sundays 3:30–5:30pm. The area is managed by volunteer community gardeners who meet at Chadstone Food Forest to look after the fruit trees, plant new edibles and plan future activities. All welcome!  www.chadstonefoodforest.wordpress.com

Friends of South Surrey Park
909-911 Riversdale Rd, Surrey Hills. New volunteers always welcome to working bees on last Sun. and every Tues. 10am–noon. Ph. 0437 959 013. w: facebook.com/southsurreypark

The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria Inc., Blackburn
Groups hold monthly meetings at 1 Gardenia St, Blackburn. Established in 1880 to stimulate interest in our natural environment and to preserve and protect Australian flora and fauna. Special interest groups: Botany, Fauna, Fungi, Geology, Marine Research, Microscopy, Terrestrial Invertebrates. Thriving Juniors group. Visitors are welcome at meetings for small fee. Find calendar, membership form and full info about FNCV at www.fncv.org.au

Waverley Garden Club, Mount Waverley
Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley. Over 300 members. Meets first Fridays at 7:30 for 8pm start. Monthly guest speakers. Phone Leanne Mason on 9806 0424. e: waverleygardenclub@gmail.com

Winton Road Food Forest, Ashburton
A community-maintained food forest at Winton Road Reserve growing food organically and sustainably. Working bees held from 9–11am every 2nd and 4th Saturday morning. 38 Winton Road, Ashburton. Phone 0420 961 695. https://foodforestashy.wordpress.com/