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Volunteers adding life to fire grounds

Volunteers adding life to fire grounds

A group of volunteers are busily sowing the seeds of local species in a late season effort to help re-vegetate the desolate Pinery fire grounds.

Trees For Life CEO, Ms Natasha Davis and Seedbank manager, Mr Bruce Smith were taken on a tour of the fire affected areas by Mr Andrew Philpott, Light Regional Council’s Environment Officer in late 2015.

After witnessing  the extent of the devastation, Trees for Life have now begun working with LRC and Barossa Bushgardens to ensure that re-vegetation is well co-ordinated and that suitable plants go to the areas most in
need. 

Supplies for 180 boxes of plants were delivered to Barossa Bushgardens’ Nuriootpa facility last Thursday.

Six thousand trees, including fourteen species of Eucalyptus, as well as an Acacia and Dodonaea that can be propagated later in the season, are now being planted into tubes by volunteers.

Ms Pam Payne, Barossa Bushgardens nursery manager said feedback from their involvement after the Eden Valley Fires when 3,000 plants were propagated, gave a valuable insight into the needs of
landowners.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.