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Fairyland Tree Planting & Sausage Sizzle July 2012

Friends held a very successful National Tree Day event this year on Sunday 29th July, at a site in River Avenue, that is part of our NSW Envirotrust, Fairyland to Fullers grant area. The planting area was originally very degraded, infested with dense privet and bamboo among other weeds. Some time ago the National Park staff cleared the weeds and capped the site with crushed sandstone to deter reinfestation. It makes an ideal planting substrate for our local sandstone species.

On the day we had 50 registered volunteers, made up of locals, Friends of LCNP, individuals who had been attracted to tree day, a very enthusiastic group from Panasonic and some off duty parks staff with their families. We planted about 640 local plants, a mix of trees, shrubs and ground covers, so by any measure it was very successful. It was also great to see so many youngsters helping and enjoying themselves. They and their parents also both seemed to enjoy the excellent homemade biscuits, fruit and sausage sizzle.

We have to thank the two corporate donors who helped fund the day. Firstly the Northern Suburbs Crematorium, who helped to purchase some of the plants and tree guards plus the refreshments, and Panasonic who funded their group of volunteers. In both cases we are hoping this will lead to more ongoing support. It would be nice to think that this will also help to point the way for more local businesses to work with the Friends to support bush regeneration projects in the park.

Any one who would be interested in more regular volunteer involvement, please look at our Volunteer Bushcare page.

For report and photos from our planting in May 2011, click here.

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