Love forged in nature

A 'speed-planting' Landcare for Singles event will be held this weekend in Healesville. Picture: SUPPLIED.


DO you plant here often?
Singles are being invited to pitch in for the local environment and perhaps find love along the way, in the latest Landcare for Singles event in Badger Creek.
The event will begin at 10.30am on Sunday 18 May along Coranderrk Creek in Badger Creek, running through until 2pm.
Marketed as a ‘speed planting’ (rather than ‘speed dating’) event, participants will plant with a new person every eight minutes, rotating through the group, before joining the whole group to mingle over lunch.
The Landcare for Singles event is being hosted by Yarra Ranges Landcare Network and is run by the Yarra Ranges Council.
Mount Toolebewong and District Landcare’s Karen Garth said around 50 people had already confirmed their attendance at the event, which was open for those aged 18 through to 80.
Ms Garth said the group was hoping to get more men registering for the event to even up numbers, and that the event offered a non-threatening environment for meeting new people.
She said that, at the end of the event, attendees can put a note in the ‘love box’ for one of their fellow planters, and if they leave one in return, the co-ordinators can pass on each other’s details. Prizes will be available for avid gardeners on the day, including double passes to the Healesville Sanctuary and Beechworth Bakery coffee vouchers.
Ms Garth said the event would be a good day for socialising with new people and helping the local environment.
“I’d welcome them to come out, enjoy a bit of light exercise, have fun meeting new people and doing a little bit to improve the wildlife corridor that links the mountains through the Healesville Sanctuary to the Yarra,” she said.
Registering for the Landcare for Singles event is essential, and there is no costs associated with the event – lunch is provided free-of-charge by Healesville Country Women’s Association.
Attendees will need to bring gloves, gumboots or sturdy shoes, outdoor clothing and wet weather gear and a chair.
For more information, email, visit or call Sarah Fowler on 1300 368 333.