With the end of July drawing near, it is once again time for our coastal volunteers to come out in force with trowels in hand and hundreds of seedlings ready to be planted.
During what was a massive weekend of revegetation in preparation for National Tree Day (coming-up on July 30), 25 volunteers recently got a head-start with a busy and productive planting session in Dongara last Saturday.
Funded by round eight of NACC’s Coastal Community Grants Program, the Shire of Irwin’s Tidy Towns Sustainable Committee and a band of willing community volunteers planted approximately 350 native plant species along the northern bank of the Irwin River Estuary.
The trees and shrubs were grown from seed sourced locally last year by Committee member Trish Parker and matured at the Drylands Permaculture Farm.
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NACC Coastal & Marine Project Officer Vanessa McGuiness said she was thrilled with the turnout and the number of seedlings planted.
“The volunteers did a fantastic job battling the clay-packed soil to plant the seedlings, and really showed off the dedication that this community has towards their estuary,” she said.
As the last plants had their roots safely deposited into the ground and the volunteers celebrated a job well done, rain clouds rolled in giving the seedlings some much needed re-leaf!
The planting fun didn’t stop there though, with members of The Friends of Point Moore Inc. celebrating National Tree Day on Sunday by planting 300 coastal species at Grey’s Beach in Geraldton.
The plants were donated by the City of Greater Geraldton with assistance from NACC’s Elevate Your Impact project to further bolster the dunes from wind and wave erosion.
More than 20 volunteers braved the drizzling rain conditions to help plant the coastal native species and stayed-around afterwards to celebrate with a much deserved BBQ.
Also last week and a little ways down the road, more than 700 native plants made their way into the coastal dunes thanks to a helping hand from students at Cervantes Primary School.
What a fantastic effort by all!
Want to get involved?
This Sunday, 30 July, the Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium Group will host another National Tree Day event on the Jurien Bay foreshore.
The Sunset Beach Community Group (Geraldton) is also hosting a National Tree Day event on Sunday.
NACC’s Coastal & Marine projects are made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.