A “planting blitz” saw more than 1000 native coastal seedlings planted along community coastlines in the district last month.
Thirty-five volunteers over the three-day blitz gave up their time to assist the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Natural Resource Managements’ Seascapes program, which is supported by the District Council of Mallala through its Coast Estuary and Marine Officer, Warrick Barnes.
The volunteers contributed a total of 89.5 hours of work and planted around 1300 seedlings at Parham, Thompson Beach and Middle Beach.
On Friday, June 13, at Parham local residents, ably helped by Roseworthy Horticultural Conservation and Land Management students, made quick work of getting 500 seedlings into the ground.
Saturday, June 14, saw volunteers gather at Thompson Beach, where the importance of intact coastal ecosystems for the survival of the three main parrot species in the area – the Blue-winged, Elegant and Rock Parrot – was discussed by DCM mayor, Duncan Kennington, and a number of volunteers from Birds SA as well as members of the Thompson Beach Progress Association.
On Sunday, June 15, 350 plants were planted in perfect sunny winter conditions at Middle Beach.
DCM Coast Estuary and Marine Officer, Warrick Barnes, said the planting “blitz” had been very successful, and praised the efforts of local volunteers.
“It’s been great to see the local community getting involved,” he said.
“It’s really important to protect the dune systems in our area.
“These plants will help maintain the dunes, which in turn protect houses and infrastructure and maintain natural diversity.”
Coastal seedlings were also expected to be planted at Light Beach this month.