10 May 2018 Planting season is nearly here – and yes, you can join us!

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.

A bird's eye view of Mt Burr Swamp - November 2016

The first planting session will focus on the area at the bottom of the swamp in this photo

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.

Campsite

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.

And remember…

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!

Pencil these dates into your diaries or save them in your phone now, then drop me an email if you’d like to be involved: .

See you soon!

Rose Thompson
Rose Thompson
rose.thompson@natureglenelg.org.au