Alpine Observer

Landcare teams up with Planet Ark to plant 200 trees on Sunday

- By KELLIE SHEPPARD

THREATENED wildlife species and human visitors will benefit from the shelter of 200 new trees and shrubs to be planted at Clearwater Reserve this Sunday.

Claire Stock, president of Myrtleford and District Landcare and Sustainabi­lity group, is excited to invite the community to a special, fun day of planting on August 1 as part of Planet Ark’s National Tree Day celebratio­ns (COVID compliance dependent).

“We have a mix of eucalypts, shorter acacias and tree violets to be planted along the reserve,” Ms Stock said.

“The plan is to re-establish vegetation after recently clearing years of woody scrub debris whilst maintainin­g the beautiful view from the road.”

As the first sighting of the river along the Great Alpine Road upon entering the valley, revealing the beauty of this public open space has been a goal of the local Landcare group for some time.

“We have achieved some great things for the region recently,” Ms Stock said.

“The introducti­on of endemic plants and walking paths on Reform Hill have been really successful but being able to see the river as you first come into town now is incredible.”

This project has taken many years to come to fruition and now the community has the opportunit­y to help put the icing on a very pretty cake.

“National Tree Day is a family friendly event,” Ms Stock said.

“Everybody in the community is invited to gather together and get their hands (and boots) dirty for the benefit of the natural environmen­t we all love so much.

“Bring sturdy shoes, gloves and a willingnes­s to have heaps of fun.”

National Tree Day is scheduled to be held on Sunday, August 1 from 9.30am to noon at Clearwater Reserve, Myrtleford (off Great Alpine Road).

NB: Check the Myrtleford and District Landcare and Sustainabi­lity group facebook page for the latest update in this ever changing COVID climate.

 ??  ?? PLANET PARTY: Enthusiast­ic volunteers reap the rewards of a community effort to support local wildlife and environmen­t.
PLANET PARTY: Enthusiast­ic volunteers reap the rewards of a community effort to support local wildlife and environmen­t.

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