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Herdsman Lake community planting day

Volunteer planting at Herdsman Lake Regional Park
Volunteer planting at Herdsman Lake Regional Park Parks and Wildlife

A welcome to country and smoking ceremony conducted by a local Noongar elder kicked off a recent community planting day at Herdsman Lake Regional Park.  

Yelakitj Moot Noongar elder Robyn Collard and her granddaughter joined 20 volunteers for the ceremony, which highlighted the community’s connection to the land, before 1200 sedges and shrubs were planted.

The planting day was part of a revegetation project coordinated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Operations officer Wayne Childs said it was great to see all age groups take part in the planting.

“The community cares about the local environment and there was plenty of enthusiasm for the digging and planting of the tube stock,” Mr Childs said.

“The larger revegetation project involves replanting of a dense shrub layer to provide shelter and food for small bush birds such as fairy-wrens, scrubwrens and thornbills so they can recolonise the area,” Mr Childs said.

“In time, this habitat may become suitable for the reintroduction of other native species such as quenda.

The Herdsman Lake Regional Park- Glendalough Reserve Revegetation Project is coordinated by Parks and Wildlife on behalf of the Herdsman Lake Community Advisory Committee and supported by a State NRM grant, the Friends of Herdsman Lake and Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre/WA Gould League.

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