Wooragee Landcare’s Susan Brunskill (left) helps Beechworth Urban Landcare and Sustainability (BULS) member Mary Kroma at a BULS regeneration digging for Silver Banksia plants adjacent to the Beechworth rail trail near Mellish Street last Sunday that marked National Tree Day.
A NATIVE tree planting project is well underway after the handover of young plants by one local landcare group to another to mark National Tree Day last Sunday.
A Wooragee Landcare two- year propagation project that has come to fruition provided plants to Beechworth Urban Landcare and Sustainability ( BULS) group to help with regeneration of Banksia marginata species more commonly known as Silver Banksia or Honeysuckle.
Wooragee Landcare group member Susan Brunskill said around 200 were being planted with 40 in Beechworth and the remainder in Wooragee on both private and public land.
The plant that grows across the southern states from South Australia up to Armidale in NSW and down to Tasmania has been in decline in many areas including Wooragee and Beechworth regions.
Ms Brunskill said among the reasons for the decline included seedlings and young plants being eaten by deer, genetically inbreeding through bush fragmentation and changed fire regimes as well as lack of seed setting through pollinators, and climate change.
Closely related to grevilleas, Ms Brunskill said the Silver Banksia provided nec- tar and a habitat for pollinators such as honeyeaters, feathertail gliders, sugar gliders and insects.
“Wettenhall Environment Trust funding provided set- ups for seed production areas for the project,” she said.
“There will be enough seed to collect and propagate plants for future revegetation.”
Ms Brunskill said North East Catchment Management Authority funding had also helped with engaging a project office who collected seeds and cuttings from local areas ( under permit) for propagation.
“As we are all volunteers, it was a good chance for us to catch up with BULS members and give them the plants for their planting on National Tree Day.”
BULS president Helen Robinson said planting will take place in areas adjacent to the rail trail on Indigo Shire land and along Spring Creek.
“It’s a five- year project where maintenance and harvesting of seeds will be ongoing,” she said.
A funded tree give- away to Wooragee Landcare members to help increase indigenous plants on properties marked the National Tree Planting Day too.
Ms Brunskill said signage for the regeneration project would be undertaken with funds received from Indigo Shire.
PLANT DIGS: Beechworth Urban Landcare and Sustainability (BULS) president Helen Robinson (left), secretary Nicki Munro, project coordinator David King, Wooragee Landcare member Susan Brunskill, BULS member Mary Kroma and Wooragee Landcare member Karen Bowley.