Upper Wakefield LCG held a planting day in Auburn on Sunday the 2nd of August to celebrate National Tree Day and the start of Landcare Week. Volunteers gathered at 10 am on a brisk, sunny morning to assist in revegetating the banks of the Wakefield River in Auburn. About 20 volunteers attended and worked on the project area along the river between the footbridge in Centenary Park down to the Saddleworth Road bridge. Once the hard work was done, volunteers enjoyed a barbecue and some wines donated by Taylors Wines.
Chairperson Leonie Moore raffled a beautiful hand-made quilt that local community ladies had worked on. Leonie spoke about how Landcare is much more than just planting trees, but a way of bringing community members together, whether that is through contributions to on ground works or in other ways, such as fundraising, by using other skills and talents. The morning was followed by the Upper Wakefield Landcare Groups’ AGM. Hannah Ling from Northern and Yorke Landscape Board and DEW attended the working bee and spoke about the Grassroots Grants and Bite Sized grants program available to support the efforts of community groups in the Northern and Yorke Landscapes Board area. All in all, a great morning was had by all in a beautiful location to kick start Landcare Week.