Planting day at Carrickalinga a chance to help environment, get outdoors

Volunteers work together at last year's National Tree Day at Bungala Park. Photo: Supplied.
Volunteers work together at last year's National Tree Day at Bungala Park. Photo: Supplied.

A local planting day at Carrickalinga Dunes this Sunday, August 2 is the perfect combination of helping the environment, socialising, and getting outdoors.

Run by the Normanville Natural Resource Centre in conjunction with the District Council of Yankalilla, the event was originally slated as a National Tree Day activity.

But with all National Tree Day-affiliated public events cancelled due to coronavirus, the centre decided to go ahead with its localised event with precautions like social distancing and hand hygiene practices in place.

Centre coordinator Wendy White said plants grown at the local community garden, including the knobby club-rush and native pigface, would be planted in the dunes north of the toilet block, on advice from the council's coastal conservation leader Corey Jackson.

She aims to have 500 plants in the ground by the end of the event, which runs from 10.30am to about 12.30pm.

"We've done plantings at Carrickalinga North dunes, but this is the first time in this specific spot," Ms White said.

"It's a bit sparse and it needs a bit of revegetation."

She said these planting days were a way to give back to the community through environmental conservation.

"It's a good opportunity to get a lot of work done at once, and it gives people ownership," she said.

Participants must bring their own gloves and drink. If they would like the supplied soup and roll lunch, they must bring their own mugs and chairs. RSVP is required.

To RSVP or for more information about the event or community garden, contact Wendy White on 8558 3644 or at admin@nnrc.com.au

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