Many hands equals 400 plants

Cr Cameron with studentsQueenscliff Primary School students enthusiastically participated in the Community Planting Day recently with school principal, Jenny Cowburn, teacher Melissa Fitzgerald and Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Cr Helene CameronSunny weather favoured the 60 volunteers who joined the 6th annual planting day along the Bellarine Rail Trail in September.

The industrious volunteers planted 400 indigenous seedlings, installed tree guards and completed weeding of previous planting sites in just a couple of hours.

The planting day is important in the protection of Swan Bay according to organiser and Community Environment Alliance partner, Matt Crawley from Bellarine Catchment Network.

“This work assists in protecting Swan Bay from weeds, nutrients and sediment loads as well as protecting and enhancing the indigenous coastal vegetation along the trail,” Matt said.

“This vegetation is important for a number of species including the critically endangered, Orange-Bellied Parrot.”

Volunteers included local residents, members of the Queenscliff Community Nursery and students from Queenscliff Primary School. It’s the third year the students have participated in the planting day.

The project is an initiative of Alliance partners, Swan Bay Environment Group and Bellarine Catchment Network, with funding support from the Borough of Queenscliffe and GJ Gardner Homes.