Bass Coast,
17
July
2015
|
07:25
Australia/Melbourne

National Tree Day Grows In Bass Coast

Bass Coast residents are invited to take part in the country’s largest community tree planting and nature care event with National Tree Day happening again on Sunday, 26 July.

National Tree Day is a great opportunity to get outdoors and do something positive for our environment.

Events being held in Bass Coast Shire are:

  • Kilcunda – Bass Coast Landcare Network and Three Creeks Landcare are hosting a planting day at Kilcunda Foreshore Reserve, meeting 10.00am at the Kilcunda Main Carpark

  • Cape Woolamai – Cape Woolamai Coast Action will be planting in the foreshore reserve adjacent to ‘Woolamai House’ development at 10.00am meeting at the end of Cape Vista

  • Inverloch - South Gippsland Conservation Society are running a planting in the foreshore adjacent to the Inverloch Bowls Club, beginning 10.00am.The Society will also be running the schools National Tree Day event on Friday 24th at this site.

Together, volunteers will be planting 4,500 indigenous plants across sites, with tools and equipment provided.

Council’s Natural Resources Officer, David Martin, said the Kilcunda event will follow up on previous National Tree Day plantings; however this year volunteers will be planting in the foreshore reserve in front of the Kilcunda Caravan Park.

“This section of the foreshore reserve is finally getting some much needed attention, as for years it has slowly been invaded by garden escapees and other environmental weeds,” Mr Martin said.

“The planting will help increase biodiversity within the area as well as helping protect against erosion.

“The Kilcunda Foreshore Reserve acts as part of a wildlife corridor which runs from Kilcunda all the way through to Inverloch.

“This Corridor is extremely important for the wildlife in the Bass Coast region as it encourages genetic diversity within each species, as well as providing much needed habitat.”

Mr Martin said the site at Cape Woolamai will be different from regular planting days, as volunteers will be starting from scratch in a large open grassed area which was cleared of all indigenous vegetation during the early settlement of Phillip Island.

“Cape Woolamai Coast Action Group has started off the revegetation process by having two working bees in this area prior to the National Tree Day planting,” Mr Martin said.

“The planting in the Cape Woolamai Foreshore will increase the width of this section of the reserve.

“This will increase the reserves capability to sustain greater biodiversity as well as increase the potential for wildlife habitat and erosion protection into the future.”

Mr Martin said the planting at Inverloch Foreshore is the final piece of a project that has involved South Gippsland Conservation Society, Council, Inverloch Bowls Club, and local students.

“The area was heavily infested with weeds and these have been removed to accommodate the indigenous plants going in the ground on National Tree Day,” Mr Martin said.

Following all of the events there will be a free BBQ for all attendees.

“If you are looking for something to do on what will hopefully be a sunny Sunday morning in July, come along and join in the fun while helping improve your local natural environment!” Mr Martin said.

The events have been registered on the National Tree Day website http://treeday.planetark.org.

For more information please contact Council’s Natural Resources Officer, David Martin, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or via email d.martin@basscoast.vic.gov.au.