Call for more hands to dig-in at plant nurs­ery

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

The re­turn of warmer weather has prompted the City of Greater Ger­ald­ton to call for vol­un­teers to help out at the com­mu­nity nurs­ery.

Vol­un­teers take part in a range of work in­clud­ing seed col­lec­tion and sort­ing, plant prop­a­ga­tion, and trans­fer­ring fledg­ling plants into pots to be used in var­i­ous reveg­e­ta­tion projects.

City of Greater Ger­ald­ton Mayor Shane Van Styn said no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence or knowl­edge was needed to be­come a vol­un­teer. “Nurs­ery staff and other vol­un­teers will teach you ev­ery­thing you need to know and pro­vide you with the skills to suc­cess­fully grow a wide va­ri­ety of na­tive seedlings,” he said.

Mr Van Styn said the com­mu­nity nurs­ery and its vol­un­teers were in­stru­men­tal in car­ing for and en­hanc­ing Ger­ald­ton’s bush­land.

“This year the vol­un­teers set a new plant pro­duc­tion record when they grew 33,000 seedlings, the ma­jor­ity of which have been planted along the Chap­man and Gree­nough rivers and the City’s coast,” he said.

The City will hold a Com­mu­nity Nurs­ery Open Day and morn­ing tea on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 25, where any­one in­ter­ested can re­ceive a tour of the nurs­ery and learn about grow­ing na­tive plants.

“Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity will be able to see all the good work be­ing done to pre­pare the nurs­ery for next year’s grow­ing sea­son,” Mr Van Styn said.

“Those who choose to vol­un­teer at the com­mu­nity nurs­ery will be able to come along to the plant prop­a­ga­tion work­shop for vol­un­teers be­ing held in Novem­ber to learn all the tricks of the trade.”

Any­one want­ing to at­tend the open day must reg­is­ter by call­ing Wendy Payne on 9956 6600.

The com­mu­nity nurs­ery is lo­cated at 31 Ade­laide Street, Wag­grakine.

Pic­ture: The City of Greater Ger­ald­ton.

Vol­un­teers from Ger­ald­ton Com­mu­nity Nurs­ery cel­e­brate the ar­rival of spring.

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