During the drought of 2008, the Bickleigh Vale residents were very concerned about what was happening to the precious roadside vegetation and what they could do about it. This eventually lead to the existing Bickleigh Vale Residents Association being reformed as a “Friends Group” affiliated with the Victorian Environment Friends Network. The “Friends of Edna Walling at Bickleigh Vale” was formed and continues today.
Victorian Environment Friends Network (www.http://vnpa.org.au/page/volunteer/victorian-environment-friends-network) The Victorian Environment Friends Network exists to help represent the common interests of all Friends groups in Victoria. It is coordinated by a committee elected at the biennial conference. 'Friends' are people who are interested in giving practical assistance to a particular conservation reserve, or a species of native plant or animal. This includes scenic, historic, cultural, and nature reserves and many different types of flora and fauna.
About Friends Groups Friends groups, and groups with similar objectives, work in a great variety of natural situations - coastal sites, bush, grasslands, watercourses or wetlands. They operate in conjunction with the relevant management authority, usually Parks Victoria, a municipal Council, or some other organisation such as the Trust for Nature.
Every group is independent and autonomous. Some are incorporated and have a formal constitution and membership structure, others operate informally, with no membership fee.
While each group will have its own specific objectives, these will include, in broad terms: • Providing support for the reserve or species. • Assisting with special projects selected by the Friends in consultation with the appropriate management authority. • Bringing into contact people with a common interest in the reserve or species. • Fostering public awareness of the reserve or species. • Supporting the effective management of native flora and fauna in Victoria Friends of Edna Walling at Bickleigh Vale - Main Activities Supporting the Bickleigh Vale village environment and preserving it’s heritage through:
quarterly working bees by residents along Bickleigh Vale Road and Edna Walling Lane to keep them in pristine condition
working with Yarra Ranges Council to replace dead and dying roadside vegetation with appropriate plants
managing visitor events to maximize the experience of the visitors whilst preserving the environment
creating and maintaining this website to help increase public awareness of the special nature of Bickleigh Vale village
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