Friday, August 13, 2010

Planting completed for 2010

 We are a bit tired but it is a great feeling to know that 6,500 local provenance seedlings were carefully planted by volunteers over the past three months.

The top photo from 23rd July is taken at our 'Caring for our Country' project site near Vlamingh memorial. You can see Abe Morgan, our very enthusiastic youngest Coastcarer, as he was very neatly packing up all the empty pots. He told me that he was "allowed to get dirty" and he liked planting. I am sure we will have Abe's help again soon!

Almost every plant had to be protected with a plant guard so this increased the effort involved. Another job at planting time is we always water the plants. We find our survival rates are much increased by doing this, but of course it all adds enormously to the work load!

Each plant hole receives one third a bucket of water then after the plant is installed in the hole we water in with another third bucket of water. All together this means we have lugged about 4,500 buckets of water from tap or wheelie bin or hose... no wonder we all need a good rest! 


The second photo (opposite) from Sunday 1st August is of the hard working gang having a cup of tea after a great morning's work. On that day we finished off the planting at our Synergy funded project at Mudurup Rocks site. Special thanks to three students - Tyneal, Kelsey and Leanda who contributed a great morning's work. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

The photo opposite, from 6th August was taken at 'smoko time' again. The working bee was held at Grant Marine Park, our final planting session here. We needed to do a little infill planting on the verge and on the back area which was converted from lawn to local plants last year.

Grant Marine park is unfortunately suffering from damage from children and dogs running through the natural areas and many plants have been destroyed.

The final photo is of yet another tea break! - this time taken at our final planting session for this year at Cottesloe Native Garden. Town of Cottesloe has removed some of the invasive Victorian teatree at the site and we have been able to return some of the local sedges, grevilleas, local lechenaultia and some other local species that only grow (in Cottesloe) at this one area of special limestone ridge vegetation.

We started planting during the first week in May and finished in the first week of August. During that time 55 students with their parents and teachers, 48 CCA volunteers and 100 corporate volunteers gave a total of 809 hours of voluntary labour to the natural areas of Cottesloe!

 It's been a fantastic team effort and everyone deserves a big thank you. 

Once we all recover then it will be time to start our Spring job of hand weeding!

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