Coasting Along

NRM  plant  workshop helps protect shoreline

The Natural Resources Management Board held a site-specific plant workshop at Middle Beach last month.

A small group of interested people, including some residents, braved the wintry weather to meet at Middle Beach caravan park on Friday, July 19, to learn more about growing plants in coastal areas.

Led by NRM marine estuary officer, Warrick Barnes, who is based in the District Council of Mallala, and supported by Aleisa Lammann and Jean Turner of the newly established Birdlife Australia Samphire Coast Icon Project, as well as Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM seascape liaison officer, Kristy Manning; workshop participants were shown a variety of plants suitable for coastal gardens.

They were also given the opportunity to ask questions, discuss planting ideas, share knowledge and talk coastal gardens with a range of coastal plants on display to touch and feel.

Melbourne couple, Win and Ann Hatherly, were interested in knowing what types of plants would survive in the garden of their beach-front Middle Beach shack.

Mrs Hatherly said the shack had been passed down to her husband from his dad, Peter, who was one of the first people to build a shack in the area.

“We visit about once a month,” she said.

“This was a great opportunity to learn more about what plants will survive in our garden with little water and care.”

The workshop wrapped up with participants taking home an informative planting guide and a few coastal plants each to put in their gardens.

Visit the Adelaide and Mount Lofty NRM website at for more information.

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