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Coffs Harbour District Group


Program for 2018

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Our meetings are held in the Display Room at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Main Entrance, Hardacre Street, Coffs Harbour.

APS members, guests and other interested persons are always welcome.


Tuesday June 12:  7pm - 10pm

Topic: Myall Park Botanic Garden

Speaker: Jan Whittle

Situated in a natural bush setting, Myall Park is a 132-hectare botanic garden designed to conserve Australian native flora from arid, semi-arid and dry-subtropical regions.  In 1985, the Garden was recognised as one of the Botanic Gardens of the World in ex-situ cultivation of rare and endangered plants. I visited Myall Park for 3 days in 2017, staying in one of the restored worker’s cottages. This presentation aims to provide an overview of this fascinating botanic garden, and the remarkable man who created it.


Field Trips

Sunday May 20 - Norm Jolly Memorial Grove, Dorrigo Plateau
Leader:  Barry Kemp

Two alternative meeting spots:

(a) Meet at 9.15am - Yellow Shed, Bellingen, leave 9.30am

(b) * Meet at 10.15am - Dorrigo pub, Dorrigo, leave 10.30am

Some consolidation of vehicles to 4WD or high clearance would be advisable as there are a couple of dodgy cattle grids and the last five km could be doubtful for 2WD after rain.

* Please let me know if you plan to meet at Dorrigo: ; 0266 902557 or 0448 515184.

Proceed to Norman Jolly Memorial Grove 11am – noon;  Lunch: Platypus Flat 12.40pm

The Norman Jolly Grove was reserved to commemorate an early 20th Century forward-looking forester and contains one of the few patches of old growth Eucalyptus forest remaining on the plateau; mainly Tallowwood (E. microcorys) as well as some nice Brush Box, Coachwoods and other rainforest trees. There is an easy loop track, pit toilets and a couple of picnic tables. Bring your own water. It could be cool on the plateau in May, so bring a jumper or jacket.

Lunch is planned at Platypus Flat camping area on the Nymboida River, about 30 minutes further north. A folding chair may be handy, and again, bring your own water. From there, it is possible to return via Cascade and Megan, but slow going and through heavily logged areas.


Field Trip on January 28th  A tour of large myrtles


       Eucalyptus propinqua         Corymbia henryi          Barry Kemp

Book Project: Growing Native Plants on the North Coast of NSW

 First published in 2006, we are working on a Second Edition of this excellent resource for native plant enthusiasts and home gardeners.       


In 2018, our group will be monitoring selected local threatened or endangered species (from the NSW Environment Department's Saving Our Species register) by working with local National Parks regeneration projects around Moonee Beach, just north of Coffs Harbour. Once we have gained some experience in the techniques and methodology for data collection, we can extend our efforts to other species in our area. Our initial focus will be on two local species: Sophora tomentosa and Zieria prostrata.


See NSW Department of Environment - Saving Our Species


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