Junior Landcare planting at Tchum Lake

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Birchip P-12 School have undertaken planting of native grasses and sedges at Tchum Lake near Birchip as part of the Junior Landcare Program.

Tchum Lake near Birchip being filled with water by GWM Water. As part of this students from Birchip P-12 Schools Junior Landcare Program have undertaken the planting of native grasses and sedges to improve the lake environment and help to stabilize the Lake Bank. Tchum Lake has been dry for the last 10 years and the students had a last walk across the dry lake before filling commenced before carrying out the planting works. The plants were supplied by the Birchip Landcare Group with planting supervised by Cameron Flowers the Landcare Coordinator for the South East Mallee and environmental studies teachers Jarrod Tyler and Kevin Delaney.

Student were taught about the plants and species they were planting and how and where to plant them and their importance to enhancing the Lake environment and reducing soil erosion on the bank edges. The students were then given a talk on the history of the lake by local resident and Mallee CMA board member Eddie Lee.