National tree day at Kapunda

Participating in National Tree Day at Kapunda: Shaun Pepper, Donovan’s Earthcare; John Mold and Gordon Alderslade, Barossa Valley Toyota; Andrew Philpott, Light Regional Council; Craig Alderslade, Barossa Valley Toyota, with (front): Ian Lloyd, Donovan’s Earthcare; and Andy Curtis and Nerissa Pumpa, Barossa Valley Toyota.

The “ducks lined up” perfectly for a planting project to take place at the Solomon Street Drainage Basin in Kapunda last Friday morning, forming part of Planet Ark’s National Tree Day.

Co-ordinator of Horticulture and Biodiversity at Light Regional Council, Mr Andrew Philpott led a team from Barossa Valley Toyota and Donovan’s Earthcare in planting about 300 trees and shrubs to landscape the bare flood attenuation basin at the end of Solomon Street, which is overlooked by part of the Swan Path.

“The shape of the basin lent itself to a nice landscaping project… and at the same time Nerissa [Pumpa] from Barossa Valley Toyota contacted me to say we’re looking for a planting site, have you got anything in mind, so the ducks lined up beautifully,” Mr Philpott said.

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Barossa Valley Toyota participate regularly in Planet Ark’s National Tree Day, and were happy to find the Solomon Street project to contribute to this year.

“Light Regional Council said they’d love to do it, so that’s what we’re here doing today,” said Mr Gordon Alderslade, Barossa Valley Toyota’s Dealer Principal.

Mr Alderslade has personally participated in National Tree Day for about sixteen years, working on various planting projects including Cambrai School’s Meldanda, and farms at Wasleys affected by the Pinery fire.