Walking the talk to top of the mountain

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Winter flowering Acacia genistifolia on Black Mountain. Photo: Jean Geue

THERE’S lots to celebrate this year on Black Mountain – not only is it the 50th anniversary of its being declared a conservation reserve, but also the 20th anniversary of the official opening of the Summit Walk.

To mark the occasion/s, local plant ecologist Michael Doherty is guiding two walks up the north-eastern slopes of Black Mountain to the summit leaving from the visitor centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens, on Saturday, July 25 at 9.30am and 1.30pm.

He will talk about trees, shrubs and fire, and point out some winter-flowering plants.

Linda Beveridge, convenor of the organisers, the Friends of Black Mountain, says the two-and-a-half-hour Summit Walk has steep sections, so it is suitable for fit walkers (including children over the age of 12).

“Participants are welcome to walk up and back, but if you would prefer not to walk down, ask a friend to meet you at the top,” she says.

“Wear sturdy shoes, a hat, and sun cream… and winter woollies in layers in case it’s cold.”

Places are limited and bookings essential. Email your name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com, or call 6296 1936 or 0437 298711). Gold-coin donation.


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