BUSSELTON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
A tree planting day involving local youth has rehabilitated bushland within degraded areas of Barnard Park East in Busselton, Western Australia thanks to a small grant from Highways and Byways.
The day involved planting out 780 native seedlings and an educational component via a wildlife and rehabilitation and education organisation to raise awareness of the importance of native wildlife and its habitat.
This initiative is part of a long-term project of the Busselton-Dunsborough Environment Centre to transform Barnard Park East into a nature-based area open to the local community, alongside a protected conservation area for the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum and other wildlife.
The event was not without its challenges however, with late cancellations from some expected participants. However, the promise of free movie tickets encouraged a good turnout from members of a local youth organisation, who stayed for hours, and indicated an eagerness to do more.
In the video following, project manager Silke Rothkamm shares more about this exciting project.