The CEC nursery is located on a newly developed site in Tynong.
This is a community nursery, and is run on a not-for-profit basis, and provides and educational experience to volunteers and students, who gain knowledge and work experience in the operations of an indigenous plant nursery.
A wide range of people are involved in the nursery production. Every Tuesday is volunteer day, so please email (email) or contact us if you are interested. Volunteers include:
- Cardinia Environment Coalition staff
- Green corps
- Work for the Dole
- Students on work experience
The nursery is based on the ethical production of indigenous plants and focuses on local seed provenance. We aim to produce plant species with good genetic diversity. Orders are made up with a range of species for diversity based on plant communities within an area’s EVC (Ecological Vegetation Classes).
Seed is collected via professional, licensed seed collectors, cleaned, recorded and stored in the Nursery Seedbank and consists of collections from a wide range of species.
The seed is germinated then pricked out (potted). Cuttings are also taken. We mainly produce forestry tube stock but also use Hyco cells.
Seed is collected, and plants are grown and provided to:
- landholders who undertake Westernport Catchment Landcare projects,
- private landholders who wish to order local provenance plants to undertake revegetation or offset works,
- commercial ecological restoration businesses to ensure local provenance plants,
- projects calling for direct seed applications, rather than tube stock or hyco cells,
- local council contracts
- local environmental groups