Plant­ing day breathes life into re­serve

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Emily Ace

THE Aus­tralind Bush­care Coun­cil in­vited the pub­lic to con­tinue its work car­ing for the War­dandi Flora Re­serve as a Na­tional Tree Day event on Satur­day.

De­spite the rain, the team dug out weeds and re­placed them with na­tive seedlings in empty patches of the re­serve near Paris Road to help re­gen­er­ate the land cleared in 2016.

Bush­care coun­cil mem­ber Peter Eck­er­s­ley said their plant­ing usu­ally oc­curred in June, but the dry con­di­tions ear­lier in the year meant it co­in­cided with the Na­tional plant­ing day.

“We try and do what is best for the plants and the site - this year was dry early so we are plant­ing rel­a­tively late, nor­mally it is bet­ter for us to plant here in June,” he said.

“It’s all ripped up be­cause the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion had to put in a new sewer main line here and that meant they had to dig up some of the plants we put in in pre­vi­ous years.

“They wanted to show the com­mu­nity they are not just about smash­ing things up, so back in Novem­ber we ar­ranged to re­gen­er­ate the area and they sub­mit­ted an or­der for seedlings to the Leschenault Com­mu­nity Nurs­ery on our be­half.”

Mr Eck­er­s­ley said Na­tional Tree Day was a great way to get the pub­lic think­ing about re­duc­ing our im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment and lend a help­ing hand to con­ser­va­tion ef­forts.

The of­fi­cial Planet Ark Na­tional Tree Day took place on Sun­day and the Schools Tree Day on Fri­day to en­cour­age West Aus­tralians to be in­spired and join in the big na­ture care events.

Mem­bers of the Aus­tralind Bush­care Coun­cil Peter Eck­er­s­ley, Guy Truss and Swie Lan Wig­gins plant na­tive trees in the War­dandi Na­ture Re­serve as part of Na­tional Tree Day.

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