Sunday 18th January was the first Third-Sunday-of-the-Month planting day for Kooragang Volunteers on Ash Island at Hexham. Karina Keeton, RCNE's team member, is employed by Local Land Services on Ash Island, and other places in the estuary of the Hunter River, for Kooragang Wetland Rehabilitation Project. She was joined by her team members for a morning's planting. Good day too- 300 plants in the ground and the usual fruit/cheese/cake morning tea afterwards.
Pilgrim Triangle mowed and ready for planting, then the first of around 1200 ground-cover and woodland species which will be planted there this year. The plantings will grow into terrestrial habitat for Green and Golden Bell frogs.
It took a little while, as we knew it would, to get the system running efficiently. The watering has to happen as and when it needed, the volunteers collecting and propagating plant cuttings and seeds have to work in an ordered and comfortable work space, and the number of plants propagated has to keep up with the numbers needed for the Third-Sunday-in-the-month plantings. It's all good!!
This is the advertorial which appeared in "The Leader" in December, the monthly community paper which is distributed in the Newcastle LGA and which has an insert "The Follower" containing news of art events, gig, markets and more. The other section of the piece contained contact details - left that off or the print would have been a bit small to read.
Lovely smiley face photo is of friend JD - Joel Howlett - super good magician and all-round nice chap.
Watch for the next piece in the January issue