Saturday, September 27, 2008

Weeding in the rain

The rain poured down but we hardy souls did a good morning's work on Thursday 25th September at the foredune opposite Bryan Way. A group of volunteers from the Catholic education office joined Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers for the working-bee. Some people collected rubbish on the beach and others cut off weed seed heads (dune onion weed pictured), some cut out sea spinach and other weeds which were smothering the local plants.
Seedlings planted in 2007 and 2008 are generally doing well although the recent dry spell put many of this year's plantings under great stress. Despite the fact we all got very wet indeed, the rain was very welcome.

Many thanks to the teachers from the Catholic Education office who helped us in our work and provided the delicious morning tea. Please come again...and it's fine by us if you bring the rain next time too!

Cool school kids

Cottesloe Coastcare attended North Cottesloe Primary's 'Eco - Cool 'school expo on Wednesday 17th September. The students put on a "trashion"parade, Mike Gregson did seed planting with some classes, there were science exhibitions, recycling and worm farms on display, Earth Carers gave talks to the kids, Travel Smart people were present - and there were many other interesting happenings.
The new school mural can be seen in the photo on the right. Parents, students and staff all helped change dull toilet block walls to the fun and colourful mural. Cottesloe Council funded the project.

Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers, Sue Freeth, Sue Conlan and I helped a class of Year 1's repot a Wollemi Pine donated to the school by Landcare Australia. Thank you Landcare Australia. Later we helped the Year 1's plant 30 local native plants in the school grounds.
A group of enthusiastic and dedicated parents and the school administration are to be congratulated for the many environmental projects undertaken this year and for their ongoing commitment to sustainability goals for the school.