Restoring our land

Seven year old Ritze Vos helping out with the tree planting for Landcare on Sunday. Rita Wilkie with retired police dog cum site manager Scout.

Narrandera Landcare’s National Tree Day/20th Anniversary event started during last week with groups of students from Narrandera Public School, St Joseph’s and Life Skills students from Narrandera High.

Over two days about 50 youngsters were invited to explore the site Narrandera Landcare first planted 17 years ago, find things and ask questions.

“They were very curious, enthusiastic and energetic! They learnt about the need for nestboxes and woody debris as habitat, the importance of biodiversity in the food chain, for pollination, habitat and the environment.

“Between the three groups they planted about 100 plants,” said a Landcare spokesman.

On Sunday 21 people , young and old ranging in age from seven to 92 years old (Betty Bradney) came from Narrandera, Leeton and Coleambally to take part. Over 400 plants were put in, tree-guarded and watered. The plants consisted of trees, shrubs and groundlayer plants – all to increase the biodiversity of the site.

All up more than 70 people helped plant and 500-plus plants were put in.

Narrandera Landcare is very appreciative of the turnout and community support they received and are encouraged to do more projects like this in the future.

Bob Close catered for the barbecue and Landcare gave a donation to Can Assist of $200 for his efforts.

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