Continuing our fight for environment

Two Wells, Lewiston & Districts Landcare Group with Mark Webb

It was great to see about 16 people turn out at Middle Beach on June 15 to plant about 300 plants, ranging from ground covers through to a number of shrub species, which were all specifically grown for this area.

Our planting site focused mainly along the foreshore to help stabilise the dunes and reduce the effects of wind and rain erosion on these fragile landscapes.

Whenever you pull a plant from the soil take a look at its roots, which not only feed the plant, but also also act like a net in the soil profile, holding the soil together.

Once the plants are removed for whatever reason the soil is prone to erosion.

Plants protect our soils and also provide habitats for our wildlife, be it worms in the soil or butterflies dependent on the nectar that plants provide.

This is why rehabilitation projects such as those at Thompson Beach, Port Parham, Light Beach and Middle Beach are vital if we want to protect these fragile environments for future generations.

A number of parents and grandparents came along with their children to help with the planting.

Working on a number of revegetation projects within schools I have found if you provide the plants and tools, they will do the rest.

When I listen to young people they are aware of the plight of our environment and they ask me: “Why do people cut down trees? Where will the koalas live? Where will the birds build their nests? If we cut down all the trees, what will happen to the air we breathe?”

As an adult I find these questions hard to answer, but what we can do is teach them how to plant a tree in their school, local park, home or along the coastline, and let them know they are making a positive difference to our environment.

One young person even showed me a trick about how to get the plant out of the tube with ease. I learn so much from our young people, and when we finished a lovely lady, Audrey Hart, opened the boot of her car to display and serve warm drinks, cans of cool drinks and freshly-baked biscuits and cake.

What more could you ask for? Community events bring people together and that helps build a stronger community.

• This month, the Natural Resource Management Board is holding a workshop within our region. This is a great opportunity to see and hear how our NRM levy money is used to improve our environmental assets.

The workshop will cover the process that is being undertaken this year in each AMLR subregion. It’s on Monday July 21 from 9.30am to 1pm (lunch will be provided) at Two Wells Sporting Club.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 16, (including any food requirements) to Susan Leahy by telephoning 8273 9100 or emailing susan.leahy@sa.gov.au.

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