Lions help out at Kiama High School’s tree planting day

Gerringong Lion Steve Pottie and Seven Mile Beach Landcare's Rae Doak oversee some of the planting.
Gerringong Lion Steve Pottie and Seven Mile Beach Landcare's Rae Doak oversee some of the planting.

Gerringong Lions Club, along with The Seven Mile Beach Landcare Group and Kiama Council, combined with Year 7 students from Kiama High School on the first Monday in August to plant trees.

This year’s annual community event saw the planting of tea trees and acacias off Track 2 at Seven Mile Beach.

The ground had been prepared by the Landcare group by getting rid of weeds such as, asparagus fern and pittosporum.

The Lions, The Council staff and members of the Landcare group, spaced the plantings in the area, with the tea trees closer to the sea than the larger acacias.

The students then had the task of digging the holes for the 150 tubed plants, placing a native fertiliser pellet and a small amount of water crystals in the hole and then erecting the plant guard around each plant.

The Lions supervised and helped the students when needed. Each plant was then carefully watered by the students.

The  whole operation took about an hour and a half. Students were then taken on a guided walk of the area, by Lion and Landcare Group participant James Doak. James explained what his group had been doing and the importance of the bush to the dunes and the area.

The students should be very proud of their work, they were diligent and set about their tasks with enthusiasm. Respectful at all times, it was clear that as they stood back and looked back at their work they felt a sense of achievement in helping to restore the Gerroa bushland to its natural state.

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