Community planting day -Indigenous Garden

The morning of Saturday 15 May was cold, wet and windy, but that didn’t stop our intrepid families from coming to our planting day! The day was organised to establish a garden of local indigenous plants outside the Barraimal Room and the Centre itself. It was made possible by a grant from Junior Landcare, but delayed for over a year by restrictions during the pandemic.

Once the garden is planted we hope to see more insects and birds come to visit. We will also be able to use the plants as a focus for conversations with children about sustainability, Aboriginal histories and cultures, and so much more.

The day started with a visit from Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson. He chatted with families and showed us his possum skin cloak, before heading outside to conduct a very informative Welcome to Country.

Luckily, the sun came out as it was time to get to work. With all our eager helpers it took no time at all to get lots of plants into the ground. Then it was time to enjoy a sausage or two, before heading home.

Projects like this simply could not get off the ground without community support. So thanks to everyone who came along and made it possible.