Around 16,000 plants will be given away to Pinery fire-affected landholders at the Barossa Bushgardens Open Day on Sunday May 6.
The native seedlings, along with approximately 10,000 tree guards, stakes and garden plant vouchers (for those who don’t need shelter belts) will be available for anyone who owned or leased property affected by the Pinery fires.
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges District Manager Tony Fox said the native seedlings will help to beautify home gardens and repair farming land by adding windbreaks, shelterbelts and paddock trees.
“We’re really encouraged to see so much re-greening occurring across the landscape. It’s amazing to see the native vegetation returning and beginning to improve the soils, provide shelter for stock and habitat for beneficial birds and insects,” he said.
Support for the plant distribution is organised by community-based Pinery Fire Vegetation Recovery Committee. Funding for the committee, and for the plants, tree guards and garden vouchers have been funded by the NRM levy through the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.
Mr Fox said it was the third year of the plant giveaway, with around 10,000 native plants provided last year and 18,000 seedlings given away in 2016.
“Support for Pinery recovery would not be possible without the massive involvement and time given so generously by so many community groups,” he said.
“Many groups pitched in to grow the seedlings to be given away, including Walkerville and Gawler Rotary Clubs, Trees For Life, Kersbrook Landcare Group, Barossa Bushgardens, Light Regional Council, Nuriootpa Primary and High School, Faith Lutheran College, Kapunda, Freeling and Mallala primary schools and Craigmore High School, with Trees For Life and its sponsor, Vitera, providing half price tree guards and stakes”, Mr Fox said.
Everyone is welcome to the Open Day, with plants for sale from the Bushgardens Nursery and tours of the garden. Chat to an expert about sustainable farm and gardening, weed control, revegetation, and saving water.
The Barossa Bushgardens Open Day on Sunday May 6 runs from 10 am - 3 pm at 653 Research Road, Nuriootpa.