Meetings and workshops are held at 7.30 p.m. at the CWA Hall, Main St, Samford on the first Tuesday of each month except January. We invite a wide range of speakers, and visitors are most welcome (refreshments supplied).
The Branch is closely involved in the Samford EcoCorridor project at the Samford Parklands (the old CSIRO site), which has been funded by an Everyone’s Environment Grant from the Queensland Government and by Moreton May Regional Council. The first planting, located behind the netball courts and Bowl’s Club, comprises 1900 local rainforest trees and shrubs. The project aims to restore the biodiversity of the area and to provide an educational resource for the whole community, showcasing the many rainforest species that were originally found in the Samford district. We aim to carry out long-term scientific monitoring in conjunction with universities to record the progress of the site. Monthly bird surveys are carried out, in conjunction with local members of Birds Queensland.
The Branch puts on displays of native flora at the Samford Museum on Australia Day, the Samford Show, the Samford Garden and Lifestyle Expo and at the Queensland Region Spring Flower Show at Mount-Coot-tha Botanical Gardens each year.
The inaugural meeting of the Branch was held on Tuesday 6 September 1988 at the Samford State School. We celebrated our Silver Jubilee in September 2013 at the Homestead Restaurant, Samford.
Major Branch Achievements
In 1989 the Branch hosted the first series of Autumn Plants Sales on behalf of Region; these were staged annually at Ferny Grove High School in April/May on seven occasions (1989–1995), before moving to Grovely TAFE.
The Branch assisted with the landscaping and supply of plants at the Samford Community Pool in July 1991. The Pool was officially opened in November 1992. The Branch undertook monthly working bees during the growing/maintenance phase until the final clean-up and handover to the Pool Committee in July 1994.
In August 1992, then branch member Sue Phillips was commissioned to produce botanical illustrations of rare and endangered species in the Samford Valley. The set of six drawings was presented to the Queensland Herbarium in August 1993.
The Branch conducted an all-day tour of the Samford Valley and Mt Glorious on 15 July 1999 for delegates attending the ASGAP 20th Biennial Conference in Brisbane.