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28 June, 2021

Extending the greenbelt

Sunday morning (13th June) saw a small but willing band of Landcare volunteers plant 85 trees outside the golf course’s southern fence line.

Job done! Planting the last of 85 trees along Boundary Road on Sunday morning are Landcare volunteers (from left Theresa Tickell, John Dade, Cathy Proud and Sue Dade with youngster Sofia Thornber.

Planted from the Clifton Road corner to the top of the hill, the seedling trees will form the western end of a planned enhanced greenbelt along Boundary Road.

The holes had been pre-dug, making that part easy, and the weather was sunny and far kinder than Saturday’s bleak and blustery conditions.

The trees, mostly eucalypts interspersed with a few callistemons, could provide a corridor for koalas between their known habitats at the golf course and in the vicinity of the sewage treatment works.

Trees planted by Pittsworth Landcare in the year 2000 opposite and further west of the former abattoir site have regularly supported koalas in recent years.

The koalas have been seen less frequently this year, presumably due to the loss of decades old trees in nearby areas during the dry years of 2018 and 2019.

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