I’ve been everywhere man! The Community Nursery Project gets out and about…
The last few weeks has seen me getting out and about talking to some amazing people about the Cross-border Community Nursery and Seed Collections Project.
I started at the inaugural South West Landcare Gathering on Sunday 7th October at Hamilton, organised by the Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and where Landcarers from across the region got together and shared stories of Landcare success. It was a brilliant day and a great opportunity to meet many inspiring people making a difference in their local patch.
Monday 8th Oct saw me trek to Adelaide, stopping to see Graham Gates from the Coorong-Tatiara Local Action Plan and Phil Collins from the State Flora Nursery at Murray Bridge, before catching Dan Duval from the Seed Conservation Centre at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
After watching Mark sign NGT into the South Australian NRM Alliance on the following Tuesday morning, I had the pleasure of catching up with members of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) team with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, who are working with the local community to restore the health of this unique RAMSAR site.
The on Wednesday I met with the lovely folk at Trees For Life, who are currently looking for volunteers to grow trees for landholders. Next was the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens to catch up with Matt Coulter, Curator of Plant Propagation for all of the Adelaide Botanic Garden sites. Last stop was the Lakes Hub at Milang, meeting Amelia and Jo to discuss the brilliant community nursery network that Jo coordinates around the Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth region.
I capped my tour off with Lachie and I presenting to the Hamilton to Coleraine Landcare Consortium to a wonderful crew (people travelled from as far as Port MacDonnell to Hamilton!) last Wednesday evening, talking about the Nursery Project and the Wetland Restoration on Private Land Project.
A big trip, but an inspiring one. A big thanks to everyone who gave up their time to discuss the project with me. The project will certainly benefit from your input and generosity, leading to some great partnerships for us to build upon as our project gets underway.