Plant­ing seeds for fu­ture

Midland Reporter - - News -

AN INDIGE­NOUS seed nurs­ery built by the Kala­munda Men’s Shed is play­ing its part in rein­vig­o­rat­ing the up­per Les­mur­die Falls bush­land in a bid to at­tract tourists and lo­cal res­i­dents back to the pop­u­lar spot.

Friends of Up­per Les­mur­die Falls pres­i­dent Mike Robin­son said the Up the Creek project was an in­cred­i­ble ex­am­ple of what a com­mu­nity-driven project could achieve.

“In 2015, the Les­mur­die and Districts Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion ap­proached us to work to­gether to ac­cel­er­ate the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work, and then in 2016, Men’s Shed was ap­proached to help out by pro­vid­ing a space for two shade houses and as­sist in their con­struc­tion,” he said.

“The Men’s Shed em­braced the idea warmly and con­struc­tion is now well un­der­way, with one shade house com­pleted and the sec­ond to start shortly.

“Ini­tially, the shade houses will be used as hold­ing ar­eas for the thou­sands of plants that have been grown for us by nurs­eries and which will be planted this win­ter.

“In fu­ture years, the com­mu­nity vol­un­teers from all three groups will be grow­ing our own plants and it is hoped that up to 6000 will be prop­a­gated each year.”

Mr Robin­son said that in ad­di­tion to keep­ing plant costs to a min­i­mum, there were sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for the Kala­munda Men’s Shed.

“Al­ready very well-known for their wood and metal work, the shade houses will pro­vide an ad­di­tional out­let for any mem­bers with a hor­ti­cul­tural in­ter­est,” he said.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers who would like to get in­volved can con­tact Mr Robin­son at mh­lerob@gmail.com

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d472013

Mike Robin­son and Bodhi Wil­son, of Friends of Up­per Les­mur­die Falls, with Kala­munda Men’s Shed chair­man Graeme Bradley.

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