Volunteers needed to help preserve native plants

August 19, 2017 by  

Heathmont residents are being encouraged to join other volunteers in a working bee to clean up Mullum Mullum Creek.

The Mullum Mullum Creek Bushcare Group (MMCBG) meets monthly to help preserve and restore native vegetation growing along the creek’s corridor.

The group, supported by Maroondah Shire Council, holds regular working bees carried out by volunteers who are keen to take part and help care for the environment while also improving the area’s native fauna habitat.

MMCBG president and coordinator Alan Strachan urged anyone with a love for the outdoors, who had a few hours to spare and was physically able, to join in a working bee.

He said helping to preserve the bush gave participants a real sense of purpose, as it enabled them to develop friendships, learn new skills and connect more with the community and nature.

Recently, volunteers have planted an estimated 200 native plants, including casuarina, lomandra and some eucalypt, all of which havel been featured in catalogues of local plant species.

Councillor Mike Symon said the work of MMCBG volunteers played a vital part in the continued health of the creek. He explained:

“The removal of weeds and regenerating and revegetating depleted areas over the past decade has made a visible different to the reserve and we trust it will greatly enhance the quality of habitat for native species in the future.”

The group meets on the third Sunday of each month, so the next one takes place tomorrow.