Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Scotch College boys flex their muscles

On August 22nd Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers were pleased to be joined by sixteen Year 8 students from Scotch College and their teachers, Lisa Evans and Dan Quinlivan. There was lots of work to do at Grant Marine Park in North Cottesloe. The recent rain has been great for the local plants but the weeds are also growing rapidly, so there was plenty of hand weeding to do.

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On some exposed areas on the west side of the secondary dune the native plants are only growing slowly. We placed appropriate brush material on the slopes in an effort to stop people walking there and eroding the area further and to give the small plants some wind protection.

Town of Cottesloe mulches its tree prunings and this material is useful as a weed supressing agent, it helps to keep the roots of the plants cooler in summer and reduces moisture loss. Mulch also lets people know that the area is being cared for, we hope that this will encourage pedestrians and their dogs to walk on the paths.

Many thanks to all the boys for their hard work and interest in supporting the work of Cottesloe Coastcare. We have appreciated students from Scotch College helping us for about 8 years. Thanks also to Mr Quinlivan and Ms Evans for organising the working bee. We look forward to your next visit!


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