Planting along the Grace Burn

200 more native plants now sit along the Grace Burn. 196803 Picture: JED LANYON

By Jed Lanyon

Healesville Environmental Watch Inc (HEWI) hosted another tree planting session with Healesville High School students on Wednesday 15 July.

HEWI recently planted 800 native plants along the Grace Burn for National Tree Day on 28 July and returned to place another 200 plants along the waterway.

Healesville High School trainer Dale Edmondson said the students were involved in the planting day as part of their conservation and land management studies.

“As part of their unit, they need to do the book work and on top of that they need to show that they have done some practical work.

“Being able to team up with HEWI is great… It’s working in the community, its hands on stuff. So it ties in perfectly with the program we run.

“Being able to read about what we are going to do, answer some written questions and then actually physically go out and do it, it locks it in and cements it in there as a skill that has been learned.”

HEWI project facilitator Karen Garth explained how they were able to plant on the block of land which sits off Farnham Road and backs on to Grace Burn Creek.

“For years we all thought it was a residential block that hadn’t been built on because it’s as wide as all the others but it’s actually an unmade road reserve.”

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