We’ve been busy removing thistles from around the convict precinct and the beach area at the Coal Mines, and we’ve got to them before any of them have thought about flowering so hopefully the seed bank is getting more and more depleted (that’s three years we’ve been clearing them now). We’ve also been treating the last patch of aloe on the slope below the Senior Military Officer’s House. When that’s done we’ll have a look at some of our dead aloe piles and sort out any of the plants that have started re-shooting.
Away from the Coal Mines the Green Army Team has been working at Port Arthur and Point Puer. The Penitentiary ablutions block excavation has recommenced so we’re helping out with that. We’ve also started surveying some of the features at Point Puer many of which Conservation Volunteers uncovered a year or so ago. All of the survey information will go into PAHSMA’s Asset Management System to help with the long term monitoring and maintenance of the ruins.
The photo shows us having a look at a surprisingly large sandstone quarry close to the Port Arthur Historic Site on private land where convicts chiselled out blocks to build Port Arthur – grim work indeed.