Mention slugs, bugs or creepy crawlies to a group of teenage girls, and you might expect to hear a lot of very high-pitched squeals. But recent revegetation works at Mittagong Creek in Bowral have shown that students from Frensham have absolutely no fear when it comes to getting their hands dirty!
Recent plantings along the creek bank involved over 200 students planting 4000 native wetland plants including sedges, grasses and rushes along the creek line.
The three day mass planting follows a similar project undertaken in mid-October as part of National Tree Day where an initial 2000 plants were planted upstream by community volunteers.
The site chosen for the most recent plantings is one of a number of locations along the Mittagong Creek being rehabilitated with grant funding from South East Local Land Services, funding from Council’s Environment Levy and support from neighbouring landholders and volunteers from the broader community.
Mittagong Creek has been identified by members of Birdlife Southern Highlands as an important area for waterbirds including the migratory Latham’s Snipe.
All the native sedges and rushes planted as part of both projects were grown by volunteers at Council’s Community Nursery in Moss Vale.
Frensham students have played a pivotal role in the revitalisation of a number of environmentally sensitive areas over the past few years with the planting excursion becoming a regular part of the school’s annual end of year activities.
For more information on Council organised community environment events visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/environment/get-involved/environmental-events.