Thursday, May 19, 2011

belgrave heights planting extravaganza

It was terrific to join with the students of Belgrave Heights Christian School, Southern Dandenongs Landcare, Melbourne Water and the Shire of Yarra Ranges in a major planting of the riparian area of Monbulk Creek. The project is part of the Melbourne Water Stream Frontages program.

Belgrave Heights Christian School shares it's boundary with a substantial amount of the waterway and has been working to improve the environment in this area. Highly degraded and covered in weeds the site has had a major transformation.
Led by passionate Environmental Science teacher, Colleen Peele, students from all levels (except the Year 11 & 12's who have exams) came out and helped with the planting. They planted an exceptional 2,300 plants, of which 1,500 were grasses, shrubs and trees on the Apsley Road side of the creek and 800 shrubs and trees on the school side of the creek.

Students had a great time planting, staking and bagging and I have a sneaking suspicion that the younger ones enjoyed the mud too.
I look forward to returning to see how the new plantings thrive in this area.

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