EVENTS | First Friday Walk at Umbagong

Today was a gorgeous Autumn day in the Capital and perfect weather for our April First Friday Walk.

We were joined by local sound artist Lea Collins and shared the morning exploring Umbagong District walk and recordings some of the sights and sounds.

Many stories were shared and lots of laughs. We love this story from Lea about the Casuarinas and how the wind makes them whistle.

Lea sharing the story of the Casuarinas…

We recorded the track on AllTrails: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/first-friday-at-umbagong-081be9f?u=m

You can also access the track by scanning this QR Code:

Here are some images from this morning’s walk…

EVENTS | Pilot walk at Ginninderry Conservation Corridor

Today we had a small group gathered for the first “Treecreative” walk at Ginninderry Conservation Corridor for a pilot walk. It was a lovely Autumn day and after a week of heavy rain, we were lucky to have some good weather for our walk.

This is a project which has been in the planning for around 6 months so we are very excited to see it come to life.

We were very fortunate to have Tyson Powell, who works as the Aboriginal Project Officer at the Ginninderry Conservation Corridor, guide our path.

The walk had several stops, each with an activity to connect us to the land. At the first stop, Tracey led a guided tree meditation and then at the second stop we sat down near the dam to write and draw.

“Great tree connection guided meditation.”

It was very much a sharing experience, where everyone shared their knowledge and love for the land in different ways. Tyson shared some local stories related to songlines, his partner Lisa shared some of her knowledge of healing plants, Isidora shared her knowledge about how to make Rosehip tea and Julie from ACT for Bees led a water blessing.

“What part of the walk did you enjoy the most?”

“Taking the time out to connect with country”

A big thanks to everyone who came along and a special thanks to Tyson and Ange from the Conservation Corridor for all your help and support of this project.

We will be presenting the public walk on Saturday 1 May at 10am. You will be able to sign up soon to join the Treecreate team explore this beautiful part of the capital region. There will be 15 places available on the walk.

EVENTS | Walking meditation at Urambi | First Friday Walks

Last Friday afternoon, our founder Tracey led a guided mediation walk along Tuggeranong Creek at Urambi. The group was encouraged to walk in silence after a grounding exercise and led to a creek crossing shaded by Casuarinas. Once everyone arrived, they were invited to spend some time in creative contemplation. Here is some documentation.

Listening to the land: CBR First Friday Walks
In this walk, the theme is deep listening and connecting to place. Acknowledging the turn of the year towards cooler climes, Tracey will lead a walking meditation / creative activity to open up our sensitivity to the land and its energies.

Background about the project
CBR First Friday Walks is a year long project led by Urambi Hills artist in residence and Treecreate founder, Tracey M Benson. The theme connects to the international program with walking artists in Europe and the US – First Friday Walks (FFW): https://walklistencreate.org/walkingevent/first-friday-walk-with-walking-the-land/

Each CBR First Friday Walk there will be a different theme to the walk. Some months there will be a guest walker collaborating with Tracey to create content for a larger exhibition / presentation in 2022. You can check out the booking for the March walk on Eventbrite

Track / path
To give an idea of our path, here is an All Trails recording of the test run from a couple of weeks ago.

Creek walk at Urambi - All Trails
Creek walk at Urambi – All Trails

EVENTS | Treemeditate walk Urambi Hills

Here is the latest event for Treecreate – a guided mediation walk led by our founder Tracey.

Listening to the land: CBR First Friday Walks
Please join Urambi Hills artist in residence Tracey M Benson for an afternoon walk on Friday, 5 March. In this walk, the theme is deep listening and connecting to place. Acknowledging the turn of the year towards cooler climes, Tracey will lead a walking meditation / creative activity to open up our sensitivity to the land and its energies.

About the project
CBR First Friday Walks is a year long project led by Urambi Hills artist in residence and Treecreate founder, Tracey M Benson. The theme connects to the international program with walking artists in Europe and the US – First Friday Walks (FFW): https://walklistencreate.org/walkingevent/first-friday-walk-with-walking-the-land/

Each CBR First Friday Walk there will be a different theme to the walk. Some months there will be a guest walker collaborating with Tracey to create content for a larger exhibition / presentation in 2022.
When: 5pm, Friday 5 March 2021
Where: meet at Athllon Drive Greenway, Just before bridge heading north (beginning of Centenary Trail) See image.

Parking spot , Athllon drive
Parking spot , Athllon drive

What to bring/wear
Water, snacks, your phone or camera, hat.
Long pants and enclosed walking shoes are essential.
It might be cool so bring a jacket.

Booking
Book online with Eventbrite

COVID-safe measures
Group limited to 15. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.

Urambi Hills Group wishes to acknowledge that when we work on parks in the ACT, we work on the lands of the Ngunawal and Ngambri people, on land that was never ceded. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging and all Aboriginal people living in the ACT. You are receiving this email because you have attended past UHG events. If you prefer not to receive these, please let us know and we are more than happy to take you off the list.

Track / path
To give an idea of where we will be walking, here is an All Trails recording of the test run we did a couple of weeks ago.

Creek walk at Urambi - All Trails
Creek walk at Urambi – All Trails

EVENTS | Urambi Hills Artist-in-residence

Over the next twelve months our founder Tracey will be an artist-in-residence at Urambi Hills, invited by Urambi Hills Parkcare Group and Southern ACT Catchment Group.

Each month, Tracey will be leading a walk at Urambi as a means for local residents to connect and learn more about this beautiful place.

Already there has been a couple of walks, organised by the wonderful Parkcare group coordinator Louise Curham.

On 13 February, we were led on a sunset walk of the hills by local ranger Darren Rosso.  He has worked on the Corridor for many years and seen many changes  –  the closure of the Urambi tip, Glen Eagles built, rabbit infestations reduce, flora and fauna ebb and flow with the fires and much more.

Here are some images from the walk:

The group walked up to the Urambi Trig where there were some beautiful views. Here is an image from All Trails outlining the track.

All Trails track
All Trails track

SEEDING| Participation in the Mill House Clinic

Over the past months Treecreate has been getting some great support from the Mill House Clinic program.

As part of the program we have worked with a group of marketing postgraduate students from University of Canberra to develop a marketing campaign for Treecreate.

About the Mill House Clinic:

Exclusively servicing social enterprises and Indigenous businesses, The Clinic delivers bespoke professional services in sales, marketing, business development, accounting and small business and not-for-profit law and management.

Our Associates are all enthusiastic and capable University of Canberra students. Mill House Clinic Associate positions are highly sought-after placements at UC. We provide all Associates with professional mentors with relevant industry experience and networks to ensure both high-quality deliverable and a world-class work-integrated learning experience.

We won’t give too much away at this stage but we will be amping up with a campaign in the new year to help to increase awareness of Treecreate and to build our community.

It is really important for us to start to build greater awareness of our work. We are very grateful for the support of the Mill House Clinic, the mentors and the talented cohort of students.

EVENTS | Urban Tree Festival wins

Fantastic news – Urban Tree Festival 2020 wins the Lockdown London Tree Champions award! Congratulations to all the organisers and volunteers ♡

We are very pleased to have played a part in the festival with our founder Tracey giving a report about Canberra’s urban forests as well as presenting a virtual walking tree meditation. Here is the video announcing the winners

Check out the documentation of Tracey’s presentations at the Urban Tree Festival on her personal website: https://traceybenson.com/video/

WELLBEING | Finding Endangered Species

Yesterday the team went to their favourite local playground, the Ginninderry Conversation Corridor (GCC) to help the conservation officers monitor the rare Pink-tailed Legless Lizard. This little critter is also known as the Pink-tailed Worm Lizard or affectionately “Pinky” because they look like an earthworm and have a pinkish tail.

Pink-tailed Worm Lizard “Pinky” © Tracey M Benson 2020

The Pink-tailed Legless Lizard is only found on the Central and Southern Tablelands of eastern Australia. According to NSW Environment, there is a concentration of populations in the Canberra/Queanbeyan Region. Other populations have been recorded near Cooma, Yass, Bathurst, Albury and West Wyalong.

The monitoring activity involved carefully turning over rocks on the hilly slopes of the GCC. The group found a total of 19 lizards for the day with Marty and Tracey finding three each. Over 90 lizards were recorded over the week of monitoring. It was definitely a job needing gloves as all kinds of critters were under rocks – millipedes, centipedes, wolf spiders, skinks, ants nests and scorpions. One of the conservation officers also found a baby brown snake so everyone was very alert and careful. This activity needed mindful presence to stay safe, not just from the bitey critters but also because the terrain was steep and rocky underfoot. There was also an Echidna on the hills happily wandering around. He didn’t seem to be too bothered by the group of curious humans.

At Treecreate the work is more than just attending to the trees. The work is about supporting healthy and vibrant ecosystems, which means helping to understand what other creatures are vulnerable and how to best support their habitats. In this context Treecreate is very much a learning journey that seeks to connect humans with the more-than-human world and to acknowledge that we are part of a generative system that needs attention and care.

It was a a gorgeous day in the capital and the team feel very lucky to consider this region of Canberra their back yard. The Murrumbidgee was flowing well and the Brindabella ranges looked stunning.

WELLBEING | Black Mountain Reserve

Following on from last weekends walk around Nara Peace Park, this weekend the team decided it was time to check in to Black Mountain for tree time.

Despite very chilly weather and a wind chill below zero, Tracey and Marty rugged up to have a look around Black Mountain reserve, spotting some beautiful flowers along the way.

Another wonderful example of the diversity of parkland Canberrans enjoy. Canberra definitely deserves its reputations as the Bush Capital ❤

Do you need some tree time?

WELLBEING | Nara Peace Park

Last week, Tracey and Marty headed to Canberra’s Nara Peace Park for some tree time after a big week.

Located close to the Yarralumla Yacht Club and across the lake from the National Museum of Australia, Canberra Nara Peace Park is located within Lennox Gardens on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. The park has a small Japanese themed garden with some iconic cherry blossom trees amongst the Casuarinas along the lake. It also features two large stone lanterns – a large Kasuga lantern, and a large Yukimi lantern.

The park was officially renamed to Canberra Nara Peace Park in 2010 with the occasion being recognised by the commissioning of a new art work by the Japanese sculptor Shinki Kato – a
8 metre-high pagoda, made of pre-rusted steel plates, a reference to Nara’s famous pagoda, erected in 725 by the Empress Komyoh.

The gardens were a gift from the people of Nara to the people of Canberra and celebrate the sister city link between Canberra, Australia’s modern capital, and Nara, Japan’s ancient capital. Design and construction was carried out by local designers and contractors who consulted closely with the city of Nara and the Embassy of Japan. The park was designed to create the feel of a traditional Japanese garden within the surrounds of a Canberra public park. A distinctive feature of Canberra Nara Peace Park is its “borrowed landscape” or the extension of the park’s boundaries to encompass landmarks such as Lake Burley Griffin, Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie and Lotus Bay.

It was a wonderful afternoon, a chance to breathe, take some time to meditate and enjoy one of the many beautiful parks Canberra has to offer. The team have decided that tree time will be a regular activity in the calendar ❤

Do you need some tree time?

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