Category Archives: Flora & Fauna

Summer Verge Busy Bee


It never ceases to amaze me how that old phrase  “many hands make light work” is so true. In less than two hours, six of us had weeded, manured, put down newspaper and spread mulch over this Guildford verge. Starting at 7am, we missed the heat of the day and amidst all the chatter the work was done.


Jane’s delicious muffins and fresh coffee were ample rewards for our effort. Come autumn she’ll plant out this verge with natives to feed her hungry bees.


If you would like help transforming your verge, or, you would like to help out on other verges, contact Pam on


Guildford Outdoors Group: Breakfast Paddle


Sixteen people turned out for the first Guildford Outdoors activity. We canoed from Fishmarket Reserve to Ascot Kayak Club, where we all enjoyed a delicious breakfast from the Garvey Park Kiosk. Then we paddled home, with some wind against us, just to make sure we had a good workout!

It was great to see some new faces as well as the old, and it’s always good to enjoy  the river early in the morning. It was too bad we were once again reminded of the impact of fishing line when we came across a duck with line and hook caught around its beak. Sadly, we were unable to catch the duck to help it.

Over breakfast we were rewarded with a sighting of one of the many river dolphins, making its way further upstream



The next Guildford Outdoors activity is actually an indoor event – Yoga with Adrian! This is on the 30th of March from 6.30pm – 8pm in the Mechanics Hall. Places are limited, so please register online via eventbrite.


After this class, our next event will be a leisurely bike ride around the river on the 10th of April. This is a lycra free bike ride. All fitness levels and ages welcome. Again, we’ll be stopping at Garvey park kiosk for some breakfast. We will meet at the Guildford Primary school at 8am. Look out for more details on our events in the Transition Town Guildford e-newsletter.


Tree Planting – Helena River

Helena trees

Trees planting four years ago by the Lower Helena Association in South Guildford

For Plastic Free July, Bolt Coffee ran a Bring One, Get One Tree initiative – for every reusable coffee cup that people used during the month of July, one coffee bean went into a, for every bean we plant a tree.

July is over and the jar has been counted…..we have ~100 seedlings from Men of the Trees to plant along the Helena River. The Lower Helena Association has kindly offered their planting site and excess holes and will be helping on the day.

So come join us for a celebratory final plant of the season, and enjoy a coffee at Bolt afterwards.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite so we know how many to expect.

Date: Saturday 29th August

When: 9:30 am till the trees are planted ~ 1 hr.

Meet: Bolt Coffee, rear of Men of the Trees (Lot 2 Stirling Crescent, Hazelmere)

Planting location: Helena foreshore behind Bolt.

What to bring: Friends and family

What to wear: Gardening clothes suitable for the weather on the day, closed in shoes/gumboots, gloves.

With Bolt logo  and LHA logo