Planting day breathes life into reserve
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.