‘Woolly’ weeders, ‘woolly’ weather and ‘woolly’ walkers

16/06/2019 // by admin

The Ben Lomond community have embraced a new way of keeping their town tidy. It is a lot quieter and cheaper to run than a lawn mower, requires little maintenance and even less labour. In fact it is the weed control method that relies on hunger alone – the hunger of a mob of Dorper sheep.

On the Summit of “The Brother Mountain”Fin Atherton, Cameron Way, Mike Mulligan, Bar Mulligan, Fran Webb, Roger White, Gloria Wesley and Sue Adams

On the Summit of “The Brother Mountain”Fin Atherton, Cameron Way, Mike Mulligan, Bar Mulligan, Fran Webb, Roger White, Gloria Wesley and Sue Adams

A project of the Ben Lomond Landcare Group the sheep, affectionately known as the ‘woolly weeders’ were moved on to one of the main paddocks in Ben Lomond late in July.

The week July20 to 26 saw an intense week of preparations to move of the sheep flock onto one of the main paddocks in Ben Lomond for the Landcare Group project.

They are now a part of the community and have a new role in keeping tracts of land within and about the village ‘mown’ and tidy. Trees planted in times when there were no livestock and a lot of lawn mowing are establishing about the oval area. The push was on to protect the trees and finalise the enclosure to guarantee a safe home for trees, sheep and lambs. It was a huge undertaking which came to fruition when the gate was opened and under several pairs of watchful eyes the flock was moved.

The ‘woolly weeders’ also watched on a sun free Saturday the following week, when ‘woolly weather’ greeted an ambitious group of ‘woolly walker’ setting out to walk to the top most point locally, “The Brother Mountain” (altitude 1508 metres above sea level).

Firstly, following drier times with many livestock grazing the roadside, Ben Lomond Landcare Group members gathered to report on the regular roadside rubbish retrieval program. Unfortunately the shortness of the grass along the roadside verge, revealed the disappointing collection of ‘way too many’ bags of waste from ‘tossers’. These were taken to the tip for sorting with a large proportion of the waste being recyclable.

The clean-up team then welcomed the walking group from Guyra, who shared a barbecue lunch with a view to completing the walk together. And then it rained!

Heeding the words of the ‘weatherman’ to wait a little while, the party of walkers were able to take advantage of a break in the weather and complete the climb. At the topmost point they were privileged to witness a cold but unique spectacle as chards of sunlight pierced the clouds to highlight tracts of the horizon away to the east and the ribbon roads glistening from the shadows. After an easy descent the satisfied group returned home as a thick fog closed the window, leaving an eerie visibility of a mere 200metres.

A Healthy Highlander’s Group meet at the Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall on Wednesday afternoon at 3pm. The group is led by Sue Adams and is utilising the indoor space as well as the outdoor gym when weather permits. Sue is qualified to lead with Heart Foundation and Diabetes Australia training and she welcomes anyone who would like to join in to improve their fitness and maintain their mobility

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