Angle Vale school sets example

Two Wells, Lewiston & Districts Landcare Group with Mark Webb

I am currently on work placement at Angle Vale primary school and have been very fortunate to see and work with a number of schools on environmental sustainable programs.

The programs implemented by the school in its quest to drive sustainability throughout the curriculum are a credit to the students and staff. 

A number of years ago this school was successful in receiving a grant through Natural Resource Management Board (NRM) action grants, to establish a butterfly garden and frog pond, with further funding from Grow A Great School program and Coles junior landcare program, which has enabled this area to be planted with local indigenous plants throughout.

As a former NRM Group member, it has been a privilege to witness what this school has achieved since receiving funding for their project.

They have also established a number of vegetable garden beds which are constantly in use, with students keen to get their hands dirty and talk about what they are growing. 

This school has created a fantastic demonstration site with a great example of local indigenous plants that grow within our region, so if you are interested in bringing wild life back into our region, then this is a great place to start. I believe our young people are our future and schools are the places to harness their enthusiasm for our environmental assets.

• If you are interested or want a site visit contact the school on 8284 7222.

Samphire treasure

The Samphire Coast within the District Council of Mallala is of national significance with some of the largest and most diverse temperate saltmarshes and samphire wetlands in Australia.

The ecological value of this region is world renowned as an integral link as migratory birds travel the East Asian Australasian flyway.

But like any great asset we as a community need to be vigilant when it comes to protecting these fragile environments for future generations.

Help us plant a tree

DCM’s Coast Estuary and Marine officer, Warrick Barnes, is holding a number of planting days throughout a number of our coastal settlements, including Parham on June 13 at 9.30am, Thompson Beach on June 14 at 9.30am, Middle Beach on June 15 at 9.30am and Light Beach on June 20 at 9.30am.

This is a great opportunity to learn about these unique coastal environments and help support revegetation and protection activities within these coastal environments. Want to be involved? Please contact Warrick Barnes on 8520 3392 or 0400 927 945 or email warrickb@mallala.sa.gov.au.

I mentioned in the last Landcare article the understory project is currently in full swing.

Plant your own tree

If you want to create your own piece of paradise within your own property using local indigenous plants then this is a great place to start.

The important details: 

• $20 for a box of 20 plants and $50 for a box of 50 plants 

• Collect your plants on the plant pick-up day Sunday, June 22 between 10am-1pm at the NRC – 8 Adelaide Road, Gawler South 5118 

• Orders can be placed from May 1 – June. Orders after this date will increase to $25 for 20 plants and $60 for 50 plants. For more information please visit www.nrcgawler.org.au. or email emily.griffiths@sa.gov.au

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