Community planting day this Sunday

If you would enjoy the opportunity to get your hands dirty with other passionate local people and help the environment too, then come on down to Shier Reserve in Burekup on Sunday between 9.00am and 12.00pm.

The busy bee kicks off a Project by the Shire of Dardanup and the South West Catchment Council to improve the health of vegetation in the Reserve and promote environmental awareness.

The first stage of the project involves laying matting over areas of ground where weed control has already been conducted.

The matting will also prepare the area for planting to be undertaken at a later date by River Valley Primary School students and volunteers.

If you would like to join the Shire of Dardanup’s register of environmental volunteers and help with the plantings, phone Shire Environment Officer James Kain on 9724 0341 or Email James.

Shier Rise reserve, with its large stand of stunning Marri trees, was identified as needing attention due to a large weed problem threatening existing stands of native plants.

The reduction of weed and planting of reeds, sedges and other native species, will uptake some of the unwanted nutrients coming into the area which interacts with the groundwater.

New plantings will reduce the amount of weed control required and associated chemical herbicides plus encourage more native fauna into the area and increase the size of habitat for birds already provided by the Marris.

As well as the plantings, River Valley Primary School students are also participating in other activities to build their environmental awareness including building bat boxes and installing Cockatoo Tubes, like those recently installed by the Shire of Dardanup along the Millar’s Creek walkway.