planting native seedlings in the Old Roo Yard

Revegetating the Old Roo Yard – over 2,00 native seedlings

Remember the amazing revegetation project Gumnuts for Zanda last year? Well that was a grant that Board Member Cathy Burns managed to acquire through the Natural Resources Management (NRM) Program – and she’s done it again! This time as a revegetation project funded by Australian Government Communities Environment Grant (CEG) for the Old Roo Yard and nearby areas of Kaarakin.

The first couple of hundred seedlings, kindly donated by Friends of Kings Park, were planted in early May by only a handful of volunteers because COVID-19 gathering restrictions limited how many people could join in. It was almost impossible to dig holes through the hard clay for planting, so Brad Miller worked to make the ground a more “seedling-friendly place”.

Planting continued 16 May under reduced restrictions, so many more volunteers joined in. 500 seedlings were planted. Thanks to Colleen from Fifteen Trees who covered the costs of the seedlings from Muchea Tree Farm. The Old Roo Yard has transformed from a place devoid of vegetation (apart from a few large trees) to a place full of potential habitat, that seemed to immediately attract more bird life to it.

There are still 1,500 seedlings to plant around Kaarakin, kindly donated by BirdLife Australia. The crew at Linc Property Group has offered to assist in planting alongside our usual volunteers – plus they donated some mulch.

All the seedlings for the project are natives, with the majority being endemic to the area, specifically chosen to provide natural foraging habitat to black cockatoosand some special treats for our resident kangaroos in the future.  The area will also be mulched to aid in suppressing weeds as well as to retain moisture especially during summer.

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