Green Army team joins local volunteers at the Coal Mines

The Green Army team has had its first day out at the Coal Mines, where they worked alongside local volunteers as they began getting to know the site, collecting visitor numbers and making sure the place looks spick and span. The plan is that they will work at the Coal Mines each Monday for the duration of our first Green Army project at the end of June this year.

Spanish broom at the Coal Mines Historic Site

Spanish broom at the Coal Mines Historic Site

We have also just found out that the broom at the Senior Military Officer’s house (see photo above) is not English broom (Cytisus scoparius)as suspected but is actually Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) which is a lot rarer in Tasmania and more prone to spreading. So the crew will keep an eye on that getting away.

Our regular volunteer day at the Coal Mines is Monday morning from around 9:15 to 12noon or thereabouts. Monday 29 February will be a bird survey. We will be limited to four volunteers (plus the Green Army team), so please get in touch if you would like to come along.

Other Green Army projects

The Port Arthur Green Army Team has been up to its elbows cleaning artefacts coming out of the excavation of the penitentiary ablutions block (see photo). So far lots of nails, bones, clay pipes, glass, ceramics and a few other bits and bobs have been cleaned of dirt and grime. They’ve also been treating some of the more fragile specimens with the nitrogen rig, and have just started helping with the sieving at the excavation to make sure nothing interesting gets missed.

Green Army team members cleaning artefacts from the Penitentiary excavation

Green Army team members cleaning artefacts from the Penitentiary excavation