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The first European people traversed the Belair area in 1837. In 1840, Governor Gawler raised a government farm on which horses could be rested from escorting gold transports from the Victorian goldfields.and bullocks from government departments could be agisted. In 1881, a proposal was put forward for small agricultural holdings and also, the national park was dedicated, making it the first National Park in South Australia. Many exotic and non-indigenous plants were introduced and are now found in the park as weeds. Numerous native plants, such as Acacia longifolia, Pittisporum undulatum and Hakea laurina, have become environmental weeds after being introduced into areas outside their natural range.The Belair National Park has suffered major disturbance to its natural ecosystems and natural vegetation communities through the accidental invasion of non-indigenous plants as well as the deliberate introduction of exotic and non-indigenous plants to certain zones within the park.
View a 4 page brochure of Environmental weeds of Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges, published by the Department for Environment and Water.
On this page we show the results of work done by Volunteers, before and after the removal of unwanted weeds. To help with the management of this large Park, a 3 Year Belair National Park Bushcare Plan has been prepared by the Friends of Belair National Park. Integral to its management the Park has been divided up into Vegetation Management Units (VMU). VMU locations can be seen in this VMU Map.
This year we have decided to do morning teas on a predictable regular basis instead of ad hoc close to birthdays as they occur. We will now have morning tea at the Green Shed once a month, following the last working bee of each month. This will fall either on a Tuesday or a Friday, giving an occasion for all to attend even if they only come once a week or infrequently as their situation allows. We welcome you to come to morning tea for a little bit of socializing, even if you haven’t been to bushcare that day. Included too are those of you who work in Adopt-a-Blocks. Come along on any of the following dates, 10.30 am, at the Green Shed, share a cuppa and a chat with all of us caring for the native bush in Belair National Park
VMU 28 (18/6/16) Broom removal - Photo by Peter Raine
VMU 28 (5/8/16) Broom removal - Photo by Hayley Prentice
VMU 52 (29/3/16) African Daisy removal - Photo by Hayley Prentice
VMU 35 (16/2/16) Boneseed removal - Photo by Hayley Prentice
VMU 40 (8/4/16) Pittosporum removal - Photo by Hayley Prentice
VMU 34 (2/10/15) Broom removal - Photo by Hayley Prentice
August 2018 Boneseed removal
The bushcare team - ready for work!
First bushcare session of 2019
Photo by Barbara Raine, our bushcare coordinator, from our session on the 19th February 2019 showing a typical scene in Belair NP with bushcarers at work removing boneseed from beautiful bush. Also how effective the high vis can be. A great morning and a lot of weeds removed! - Stevo R
On Tuesday we worked with the Trees for Life crew, and the resulting work force of 17 people were able to make a huge difference to this important site. The area cleared of rampant Poplar and Dog rose exceeded expectations, as the before/after photo above shows - Photo Pete Raine
The past state of the Green Shed
The repaved Green Shed - 10th February 2021
(It is planned to make a rolling year's reports available)