Banksia Woodland project takes root
CLAREMONT residents and the Indian community group Shah Satnam Ji Green S Welfare Force Wing joined forces to plant the last of 10,000 seedlings at Lake Claremont during winter recently.
“The Friends of Lake Claremont, with support from the town and the group, are trying to create a patch of Banksia Woodland of about half a hectare to extend the native woodland on the north side of the lake,” Friends of Lake Claremont (FoLC) co-ordinator Heidi Hardisty said.
Banksias are favourite food for endangered Carnaby’s cockatoos, and the fortnightly planting at the lake since mid-June was a funded by State Natural Resource Management Program grants, allowing the Indian group’s members to work on the project for their third successive year, including celebrating Indian Independence Day on August 15.
“This year the Indian group planted nearly 10,000 native seedlings, essentially one-third of the entire Friend of Lake Claremont planting projects this winter,” Ms Hardisty said.
FoLC restored a wetland buffer zone at the lake with grants from Caring for Our Country Community Environment and Swan River Trust Alcoa Landcare.
Claremont deputy mayor Bruce Haynes and Vipin Mehta of the Shah Satnam and Ji Green S Welfare Force Wing.