Plants beef up trail's Landcare credentials

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Saturday, May 23, 2015, marked the first planting of the season for the Paynesville Landcare Coastcare Group.

The day was attended by 16 volunteers drawn from residents, families and two scouts from Paynesville Sea Scouts working towards their Landcare badge.

A range of native local plants supplied by the East Gippsland Landcare Network were planted along the Sunset Cove Walking Track foreshore.

The plant list included small leaf/forest clematis, Tasman flax-lily, hop goodenia, purple coral pea, common boobialla, snow daisy bush and common tussock grass.

A total of 300 plants were planted over the session's three hours and another 500 plants remain to be planted over the coming weeks.

"We are getting on top of kikuyu (grass) and other invasive species and starting to restore the natural character of this area," Paynesville Landcare Coastcare Group president, Russell Peel, said.

The group has also developed an environmental management plan for the Sunset Cove Walking Track, which identifies areas of weed control and revegetation.

The work to date has been well received by the many walkers who use the track regularly.

Contact the Paynesville Landcare Coastcare Group at scwt3880@gmail.com for more information.

Bairnsdale Advertiser – Monday, 1 June, 2015