On Sunday the 27th of July 50 people attended our National Tree Day (NTD) planting along the Great Victorian Rail Trail.
Beginning at two ends of the trail, we began planting at Homewood and Merton then continued on to Cheviot Tunnel and Molesworth.
The National Tree Day Rail Trail project began three years ago, with the vision of linking sections of the trail to improve wildlife connectivity. Five landcare groups have adopted sections of the trail to assist the Shires to manage these sections. Some of these groups have also developed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with their shires – Merton is part of the Mansfield Shire, the other groups are within the Murrindindi Shire – a wonderful collaborative partnership.
Not only were members of these five groups involved on the 27th, but landcarers from further afield came together to celebrate NTD and enjoy a beautiful day and a social get together.
Over 600 trees, shrubs and groundcovers were planted, and fortunately, we received some well timed rain the following day!!
Those who could, stayed for a delicious lunch at the Molesworth Hall, wonderfully catered by the Molesworth Hall Committee.
Thank you to all who took part on the day, and a special thanks to Cam Patterson for coordinating the northern end of the trail, and to Sue McNair and the Murrindindi and Mansfield Shires for supporting this event. Thank you also to Mayor Margaret Rae who took time out on her Sunday to come along and help us celebrate a great day!
We look forward to next year.