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ACT Monaro Riverina Branch: Visit to Reidsdale, in the Braidwood Vicinity

9 September 2020 @ 10:15 am - 3:00 pm AEST

Join us for a self-drive spring jaunt to Reidsdale to visit Terra Preta, a family-owned refuge for rare trees which also happens to be an award-winning truffle farm. Pack a picnic lunch (or purchase something along the way) to enjoy in the grounds of an historic church and hear about the history of the church and the local area. Unfortunately, numbers are limited, so do book early if you wish to attend.


Those who register for the visit will be kept up-to-date by email regarding the latest COVID recommendations. In the event that we need to cancel, money will be refunded (minus the TryBooking fee).

Information and schedule

10.15 for a 10.30 am – Departure from Braidwood to Reidsdale

After driving from Canberra, we encourage you to stop in Braidwood for morning tea and a toilet stop to support the local community before we meet Peter Marshall on the outskirts of Braidwood. As there will be some dirt roads and rough areas and to minimise the number of cars, we will arrange some car-pooling in vehicles to travel to Reidsdale. We will travel in convoy with Peter (approx 20 mins drive). Some cars will be left in Braidwood.

We will provide further information about the meeting place to those who register for the visit.

11 am–1 pm – Refuge for rare trees

Peter and Kate Marshall’s property, Terra Preta, was in the path of the January bushfires. While the fire burnt out a huge area of the surrounding Mongo National Park, Peter will show us where the fire stopped and how their land and tree management practices helped to protect their property.

Since acquiring the 600-acre property thirty years ago, Peter has used his background as a forester to restore the degraded farmland and plant over 450,000 trees. Peter will share his story about establishing the property and their passion for looking after the land and the environment. It is a beautiful property and an inspiring story.

Biosecurity instructions and walking

So we don’t introduce any foreign plant material, please make sure all footwear is completely free of dirt. Cars need to be washed and tyres and underbody hosed out prior to our visit.

There will be some walking, some rough terrain and possibly some wet areas. However, there will also be limited alternate arrangements for those with mobility difficulties. Make sure your shoes are CLEAN. It is advisable to bring wet weather boots (or wellington boots if you have them) or a change of shoes.

1.15–3.00 pm – Lunch at St Bernard’s Church

BYO picnic lunch (or purchase something along the way). John and Jane Foulcher have kindly invited us to have our lunch in the grounds of St Bernard’s church, which dates from the 1860s. St Bernard’s church was bought by John and Jane Foulcher after it was deconsecrated. While the integrity of the exterior of the church has been maintained, the inside of the church has been transformed into an innovative and comfortable residence. We will hear from John about the history of St Bernard’s and the local area.

We will provide hot water, tea, coffee, sugar etc, but please bring your own lunch, cup, chair or picnic rug. Toilet facilities will be available.

Depart Reidsdale to return to Canberra via Braidwood.

After lunch, we will head back to Braidwood for a short stroll or you can continue on to Canberra. Driving time from Reidsdale to Canberra via Braidwood is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on traffic, roadworks etc.

Bring: A picnic lunch (or purchase something along the way), plus a folding chair or picnic rug, a cup and hand sanitiser etc. Wear sturdy, clean closed in walking shoes/water proof or wellington boots and make sure your car is clean.

The weather can be variable, so bring a hat and layers in case it is hot or cold.

Cost: AGHS members $15, non-members $20 (plus 50 cent ticket fee).

Bookings: Numbers are very limited. Please BOOK through TryBooking.

Enquiries: Sue Cassidy, 0431 925 895


9 September 2020
10:15 am - 3:00 pm AEST
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