It’s nearly that time of year again – planting season is upon us!
Along with other staff and volunteers our nursery officer, Ryan, has been working hard all year to produce seedlings for this years’ revegetation efforts. Over the next couple of months we will be planting at a number of sites in our focal region, and we would love for you to join us at our community planting days. Site preparation is already being carried out, and direct seeding is about to start in some locations.
Mt Burr Swamp, 23 June
Our first community planting day for the year will be held on Saturday, 23 June, at Mt Burr Swamp. At this working bee we will be aiming to plant a couple thousand seedlings in the southern area of the property, solidifying the habitat link between Mt Burr Swamp (the swamp itself) and neighbouring Marshes Native Forest Reserve. This work is generously funded by Bank Australia’s Impact Fund.
Eaglehawk Waterhole, 21-22 July
Habitat restoration also continues at NGT’s first Restoration Reserve, Eaglehawk Waterhole, with around 6000 seedlings to go in at this site. Community planting days will be at Eaglehawk (near Frances, upper South East) on 21-22 July. Campers welcome! This revegetation is being carried out as part of the National Landcare 20 Million Trees program.
Mt Burr Swamp, 4 August
We will head back to Mt Burr Swamp again later in the season to plant another ~3500 seedlings (also part of the 20 Million Trees program) on Saturday, 4 August.
The ecological benefits of tree planting are obvious, but the personal benefits of attending planting days are many and varied: fresh air, seeing new properties/sites, physical activity, getting your hands dirty, being in nature, meeting like-minded people, the hearty lunch provided, and contributing to on-ground habitat restoration are just a few!
See you soon!