Students boost plant life in Berry

GREEN THUMB: Year nine students from Nowra Anglican College help replace some of the native plants lost to dry conditions in Berry. Photo contributed.
GREEN THUMB: Year nine students from Nowra Anglican College help replace some of the native plants lost to dry conditions in Berry. Photo contributed.

Twenty-four year nine students from Nowra Anglican College (NAC) recently helped to replace some of the native plants lost to dry conditions in an important tree corridor east of Berry.

Until the most recent rains in early December, it had been the driest June to October quarter on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Bush Connect Project Officer, David Rush said about 30 percent or more of the native trees planted in the tree corridor on the Gembrook property had died due to the drought conditions since the site on the Gembrook property was planted last July.

“Most of the other sites we have planted native trees on have also been hit pretty hard by the lack of decent rain,” he said. 

“Fortunately, the recent rain has been a boon for the more than 1,650 native trees and shrubs planted at 10 sites across the Berry Corridor since autumn.”

The current seasonal outlook for the south east of NSW from the Bureau of Meteorology shows a higher than average rainfall over the summer which is music to the ears of Berry Landcare and all the landholders involved in the Berry Bush Links project.

“We have more sites that we wish to plant next Autumn, so a wetter than average summer season would be most welcome for the plants and all the farmers in the district’, David said. 

“Having NAC students come out to learn about the importance of the project and actually be able to take an active role in growing corridors for wildlife is helping them to understand what animals need for their own survival and feel empowered about being able to do something about it.”

David said he welcomes more school group involvement in the Berry Bush Links project and asks them to contact him to find out more about the project.

Landholders east of Berry can also receive funding under the project and can contact David for more information and an expression of interest form.

Contact David Rush on 0418 977 402 or email davidr@npansw.org.au