18th August 2010
The SW Sydney Schools Environment Group
Bushfire Seed Production Area planting at Tabilk Winery.
20 keen students plus 3 teachers.
2000 very special plants
Jim, Sandsie, Bobo and Janet .
The forecast was not good but the rain did not start falling until we arrived at the site. The volunteers were not expecting the cold conditions. Running shoes and plastic ponchos proved to be inadequate protection.
The kids were off to a good start with 600 plants in the ground before lunch but everyone was so wet and cold we abandoned the site at 1.30pm.
55mm of rain fell that day and the their tents back at Alexandra Canavan Park were full of water when they returned. Chris Coburn saved the day by offering them the use of the well-equipped Kinglake Scout Hall . So it was hot showers at the Kinglake Bushfire Village, the heaters on full at the scout hall
to dry damp sleeping bags and a dry change of clothes and a warm meal before everyone felt happy again.
Janet, Jim and Sandsie enjoyed a private tour of the winery cellars before they packed up.