Forest of dreams

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group Members Des Donnelly, Holger Topp, president Evelyn Taylor and Lyn McMahon
Camera IconLudlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group Members Des Donnelly, Holger Topp, president Evelyn Taylor and Lyn McMahon Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Jackson Lavell-Lee

The Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group is calling on residents to help continue its planting program.

Last year the group planted 15,000 seedlings, and despite a lengthy dry period after planting, the trees that survived are exceptionally healthy.

An extensive planting schedule was organised by the group, which enlisted the help of more than 1000 schoolchildren and inmates from Bunbury Regional Prison in separate planting rosters.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has created logistical nightmares for the group’s dedicated volunteers.

Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group president Evelyn Taylor said rescheduling planting meant more local volunteers were needed.

“We’re continuing with our restoration of the forest and we will be planting at the proposed rate of 50,000 trees a year over the next five years,” she said.

“We have issued a last-minute request for help for locals who are passionate about our environment to help replant in either the morning or afternoon sessions, which will be four hours long and comply with restrictions.”

Busselton Senior High School has committed to supporting the group’s endeavours in coming weeks, with other schools expected to commit to planting between June 29 and July 3. General public replanting will take place from June 22-28 and July 6-11. Volunteers must bring their own refreshments and drink bottles.

Interested parties can nominate for planting at the group’s website, ludlowtuartforest.org. au. People will be rostered to certain areas of the forest to adhere to social distancing requirements.

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