Volunteer call for annual plantout
Project Platypus Landcare leaders have called on community volunteers to get involved with annual plantouts next month.
Project Platypus covers a critical area of the region’s upper catchment where environmental health can, apart from determining the sustainability of agricultural land, dictate the condition of the arterial Wimmera River system.
Project Platypus manager and plantout organiser John Pye said volunteers had the job of planting more than 24,000 trees as part of the annual revegetation program.
“Planting this many trees wouldn’t be possible without the help of volunteers,” he said.
“Plantouts are designed to improve ecological connectivity between the Grampians and Pyrenees ranges.
“Sites have been carefully selected to ensure there is a win-win for both the environment and for farming productivity.”
Mr Pye encouraged people to get involved.
“Many assume tree planting is hard physical work, which isn’t true,” he said.
“After many years of tree planting we have streamlined the process and use great equipment that makes tree planting quick and easy.
“It’s recommended that you wear sturdy footwear, bring clothing appropriate for the weather and a pair of gardening gloves.”
Mr Pye said plantouts provided a rewarding and entertaining day out set in a beautiful landscape.
“This is your opportunity to help improve the environment and put back the trees that have been removed from our landscape over the past 150 years or so. All plantouts are fully catered and there are jobs for all age groups and abilities,” he said.
Community plantouts are at Bellellen on July 1, Navarre, July 23 and Concongella, July 29.
People wanting further details or to register can visit Project Platypus website www.platypus.org.au.