By Matt Romania
“It was a good day, the weather held out for us,” said Russell Dodemaide from the Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh.
The successful planting day in Myrniong saw 20 dedicated members and friends’ band together to put in a total of 400 plants, marking a strong follow-up to the efforts of Myrniong Primary School students from last year.
Despite it being National Tree Day, the volunteers planted not only trees, but also a variety of ground covers and small shrubs.
“Increasing biodiversity will give birds and insects a wider variety of species to visit,” Mr. Dodemaide told The Moorabool News.
He underlined the vital role of the Pentland Hills Landcare Group and the Myrniong Reserve Committee in providing weed matting and mulch, respectively.
Continued care of the new plants will follow with a round of mulching in the coming months, made possible by B&B Trees’ generous donation of freshly cut mulch.
“Further mulch will be spread in a few months,” Mr Dodemaide confirmed.
Planting days like this one in Myrniong add greenery to the local area and serve as a symbolic act of nurturing the environment and investing in its future.
“The act itself is a simple, satisfying outdoor experience looking to the future. As any gardener will tell you, native trees and shrubs, especially when planted in large groups, contribute to the strength and complexity of the environment where we live,” he said.
While the Myrniong planting day was not the biggest, every bit helps, and the Bacchus Marsh Rotary Club encourages locals to look out for more planting days in the future and get involved.
“There will be more,” assured Mr Dodemaide.
With a nod to the recent 20th anniversary planting day held by Grow West, he emphasised these events are “great social days out where all can participate in with a satisfying outcome.”