Yesterday I met with Denise, and her assistant Zoe, from The Greening Project, to talk about planting trees and shrubs in Ellenbrook. The Greening Project aims to connect local community volunteers with schools to grow tree seedlings and plant them at selected landcare sites. (View The Greening Project website here.)
We went for a drive around the suburb looking at some local parks and bushland areas. We saw a lot of beautiful native trees, Carnaby's Cockatoo habitat, and public open space used by local residents for exercise and recreation. Many of the bushland places are intact and healthy. But there are some patches that definitely need some baby plants to fill in gaps in the understorey.
|Moulton Wetland Park needs some understorey shrubs|
Imagine groups of schoolchildren learning about their local environment and getting their hands dirty with some wholesome outdoor activities, under the guidance of their teachers and trained field officers. Seniors and anyone else in our neighbourhood could get involved in growing seedlings for appropriate landcare sites in our area. These activities could have ongoing positive effects in our young people; instilling of a sense of stewardship, an understanding of natural processes, creating an interest in our local flora and fauna, meeting kind and responsible people and being put in contact with good role models.
I am really looking forward to being involved in this kind of project! I will post more details as they come to hand.