Tree-planting at Brucedale
Two Weekends 12/13th & 26/27th Oct.
Volunteer and help us create a bush corridor
WHO? The Brucedale Community Seedling Nursery.
Over thepast year the community has built a greenhouse,
collected seed, germinated the seed, pricked out 8,000
seedlings, and prepared sites for planting. It has
been a big project, a rewarding, fun project, and a
project that has definitely had positive outcomes for
our sense of community. We have plans for further
plantings next Autumn.
WHAT? The planting of about 6,500 locally indigenous
native plants, mainly understorey (
shrubs/groundcovers). We'll be planting about 20
different species - eucalypts, wattles, hopbush,
she-oaks, saltbush, native peas, hardenbergia, cypress
pine, native daisies, and many more. We have tree
planters (pottiputki's) lined up to assist in making
the work faster, and less physically taxing, but if
you have access to equipment, then please bring it
along as well.
WHEN? Over two weekends in October. The 12/13th Oct,
and the 26/27th Oct. On each planting day we aim to
arrive between 9 - 9:30 am, and be planting by 10am.
We will provide lunch for you, and there will be
morning/afternoon tea breaks. Feel free to bring along
something to share. Planting winds up in the arvo
around 4:30 - 5 pm. Please don't be put off coming if
you can only make it for part of the day, an hour or
two of your time is still a valuable help to us.
WHERE? Over several local properties at Brucedale,
which lies between Wagga and Junee. On the first
weekend (12/13th Oct), we'll meet at a property called
Pindari. This is how you get there;
Head out of Wagga along the Olympic Highway as if you
were going to Junee. A helpful landmark is the 2WG
aerial which is in a paddock on the right-hand side of
the road, just before the Brucedale sign. Pindari is
3km's from this aerial. These are the other landmarks
you will see: a church and hall/tennis courts on the
left, Mary Gilmore Road on the right, and then
immediately after a very noticeable crest and dip in
the road, with a truck-stop on the left. At the bottom
of the dip, on the right-hand side is the turnoff to
Pindari. If this sounds too complicated, we will put
up some balloons on the white posts to show you where
On the weekend of the 26/27th Oct, we'll be planting
at a property called 'Shannagh', which is another
3-4km's along the Olympic Highway past 'Pindari', once
again on the right-hand side, and just after the sign
which marks the Wagga City Limits. Balloons will be
there to help you.
Why? Apart from the fact that we really need some
help to get this many plants in the ground, tree
planting is heaps of fun! It's an activity that anyone
can participate in irrespective of age or fitness, and
it's something that kids can be involved in too. It's
a great way to meet some new people, get some fresh
air, and help to revegetate the environment. The South
West Slopes is one of the most cleared areas in NSW.
Only 1-2% of the original vegetation remains, and as
the plants go, the birds, animals, and insects go with
them. The resulting lack of diversity is a causal
factor strongly linked with problems such as erosion,
rising water tables, destructive insect build-up,
rural dieback, weed infestation, and increased soil
salinity. The creation of bush corridors, linking
remaining remnant vegetation is one way of helping
restore some of the missing biodiversity, and helps to
bring the environment back into balance. The remaining
'bush' in our area is in poor condition, and is simply
unable to regenerate itself. It needs our help!
CONTACT? JO ROBERTS ON 69 24 64 59. If you know
you're coming please RSVP so we know how much food to
prepare etc. If you have any questions, I'm happy to
have a chat.
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON PLANTING DAYS !