Landcare Port Macquarie will create an instant forest in one day

Port Macquarie Landcare volunteers.
Port Macquarie Landcare volunteers.

CREATING an instant forest is all in a day’s work for Port Macquarie Landcare.

Volunteers will plant 750 native seedlings in a few hours, to re-establish Subtropical Lowland Rainforest. It is an ecosystem that once was here, but now is missing.

This will be a community event held on Thursday October 19, with anyone invited to be a part of it, along with volunteers, neighbours, and helpers from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

The site is on Wright’s Creek near Grant Street, where Landcare is transforming a cleared area by adding native plants and knocking out the weeds.

It is an important part of a 5 hectare Habitat Restoration project, paid for by Landcare Australia with a generous grant of $10,000.

Local Landcarers now have just months to turn the dollars into bush land with trees and under storey. It will become a wildlife corridor, complete with koala browse trees and a variety of food and shelter plants.

The planting day on October 19 will build on work already done by Landcare, council, and Westport High School.

“The project is so big that we need more help from friends and neighbours. Everyone will be treated to a BBQ on the day so we can say “thanks” to our helpers,” said Landcare’s Estelle Gough.

“The instant forest event gets underway at 8.30am, and there could be no better way to celebrate spring.

“Look for the Landcare signs, and please remember to bring a drink and wear protection from the sun.”

Port Macquarie Landcare group can be contacted at info@landcareportmac.com.au.