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Return to the Watsons Creek Habitat Link

Return to the Watsons Creek Habitat Link

Ausgut 11, 2013 was a very special day as Parks Victoria and Greenfleet invited the community to return to the Watsons Creek Habitat Link. The area was chosen as part of a bushfire recovery project to create a wildlife corridor and link Warrandyte State Park with Kinglake National Park. In 2010 and 2011, around 30,000 native seedlings, from shrubs and grasses to trees were planted.

The growth is phenomenal with fantastic conditions for the trees, perfect selection of the species and time to plant. This is represented by very good survival rates of the planted seedlings (90% +).

Three years after the initial planting, 40 participants joined in to help plant more native trees, remove some tree guards and to have a look at the growth of the young forest.

Some staff from Suncorp, who had helped with volunteer planting in 2010 and 2011 and fundraising, were present, proud to see the difference their contribution has made on the ground. Alto Hotel directors and managing directos also joined in and got their hands dirty by planting a few more ecualypts in the ground.

Greenfleet supporter Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses, who had donated $10,000 towards this project in 2010, kindly offered some delicious pastries for afternoon tea.

All participants have some sort of connection with this special project and it was great to see everyone come together to see how the landscape and the community are healing.

For more photos and information about this very special project, click here.