Community working bee for ‘10,000 Trees’ campaign

Published 06 November 2012

plantingUNE Landcare (UNEL) is calling for volunteers to help plant 1,500 native grass, shrub and tree seedlings along Dumaresq Creek near SportUNE on Sunday 11 November.

Sunday’s working bee will be part of a campaign in which UNEL is aiming to plant 10,000 native trees and other plants along Dumaresq Creek in a series of such community planting events over the next six months.

UNEL has received a Community Action Grant of $18,750 from the Commonwealth Government for the planting progam.

“These plantings will help stabilise the creek banks, provide food and habitat for wildlife, increase biodiversity values on campus, increase the area of native vegetation at the University and – we hope – engage UNE staff members and students,” said Southern New England Landcare’s Ellen Nyberg, who coordinates UNEL.

“By participating in the ‘10,000 Trees’ campaign,” she said, “you can leave a leafy green legacy at UNE for students, staff members, visitors and wildlife to enjoy in the years to come. To get an idea of what the plantings will look like in five to ten years, take a look at the existing planting on the south-west side of the creek.”

Planting on Sunday will begin at 9 am and continue till 1 pm. A free barbecue lunch and morning tea will be provided for volunteers. Everyone is welcome to be involved.

Ms Nyberg explained that the planting program was the second stage of the Campus Creek Cleanout project, a partnership between UNEL, UNE’s Facilities Management Services (FMS) and the Armidale Urban Rivercare Group, which began early this year with work on the removal of in-stream willows and poplars that had been interrupting and diverting the flow of water. “Fantastic support for the project from FMS, including the clearing and preparation of planting sites, has allowed UNEL to focus almost all of its efforts and funding on revegetation,” she said.

For more information on the project, or on Sunday’s event, contact Ellen Nyberg at Southern New England Landcare on (02) 6772 9123 (ellen@snelcc.org.au) or go to: unelandcare.wordpress.com.