Eaglehawk Waterhole Planting Festival wrap up

Eaglehawk Waterhole Planting Festival wrap up

Earlier in the month, from Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 June, NGT staff and volunteers camped out at Eaglehawk Waterhole to get this year’s 20 Million Trees planting underway. The first day saw a us packing just under 8000 seedlings and gear into the back of a hired truck, two trailers, and three vehicles at our community nursery site in Mount Gambier before heading north to the property.

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Nursery Officer Yvonne taking one last look over the plants before their journey

Once on site, there was some site orientation and sorting out plants to tackle, as well as a whole lot of tree guards to remove and recycle which was an ongoing task throughout. Fortunately we were able to reuse a large number of guards from older Landscape Links plantings on another part of the property.

Thursday saw us get into the planting in a big way, with teams rotating through tasks for variety.

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Teamwork all the way

Friday morning a very light misty rain proved quite persistent and by lunchtime we were all drenched. Luckily, this was nothing that lunch back at the campfire and a quick change of clothes couldn’t fix!

Friday's team

Friday’s team

Saturday was the main volunteer day, with several vollies coming from Naracoorte, and others from Mount Gambier. A break at lunch time provided the opportunity to talk about the history and the future of the property, while enjoying a barbecue.

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Bryan giving an overview of the property

Thanks to the efforts of all involved, a huge area has been covered and now, including a follow-up planting day held on Saturday the 25th, nearly 6000 seedlings have been planted so far.

A massive thank you to all those who joined us! – and check out our Facebook page for a few more pictures.

We have a few more seedlings still to get in the ground; so, if you’d like to get involved, contact: .

Saturday's team

Saturday’s team

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Rose Thompson
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