Lithgow to host walks, talks to mark Wattle Day

RARE: Acacia meiantham, which grows at Clarence. Picture: SUPPLIED.
RARE: Acacia meiantham, which grows at Clarence. Picture: SUPPLIED.

To herald the approach of Spring, Lithgow and District Community Nursery, with involvement from Lithgow and Oberon Landcare Association, Lithgow Tidy Towns and Lithgow Library are celebrating Wattle Day with a special morning tea and talks on Thursday, August 30 from 11am.

A walk will also be held on Hassans Walls on September 1. Meet at the main lookout at 11am. 

Wattle has been our National floral emblem since 1988 and Wattle Day has been officially celebrated nationally on September 1 since 1992.

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To stimulate interest in, and care for the local natural environment, an exhibition of wattle photographs by local photographers will also be held from August 21 until September 7 in the Lithgow Library.

Acacia dorothea.

Acacia dorothea.

Speakers at the morning tea will be Senior Land Services Officer Huw Evans, with Central Tablelands Local Land Services and Helen Drewe, one of the authors of Native Plants of Hassans Walls, a book that highlights the diversity of our local native plants including wattles.

The ukulele group has been learning wattle songs and members of the Community Nursery will be available for questions. 

Helen Drewe said Wattle Day was a good time to remember that we have more than 80 different types of wattle in our overall area and she urged all to drive around to see them.

Acacia dealbata.

Acacia dealbata.

In the next few weeks, she said the Glen Davis Road, Bells Line of Road as well as the Hartley roads all have great displays of yellow. The sunshine wattle is still flowering and putting on a magnificent display, while the silver wattle is just starting to flower.

The area also boasts Acacia meiantha, the rare and endangered local wattle at Clarence. 

For more information on the free Wattle Day event contact the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.

Acacia terminalis.

Acacia terminalis.