Owners of Welshpool, Adventure Out tour company rehabilitate land

Adventuring out: Terry Hewett and partner Diana Blacklock. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d427238
Adventuring out: Terry Hewett and partner Diana Blacklock. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d427238

DIANA Blacklock and her partner Terry Hewett have an unusual dream - they want to take their work home with them.

Together they run Welshpool-based company Adventure Out, guiding people in abseiling, rock climbing, white-water rafting and trekking.

One day, when they complete extensive rehabilitation works on the bushland of their rural property in Karrakup, near Byford, they want the site to take centre stage and host school camps.

‘We want to be able to educate kids about land management, waterways, animals and plants,’ Ms Blacklock said.

The couple bought the property after falling in love with its secluded location at the Manjedal Brook headwaters.

‘It was surrounded by State forest but had such easy access to the city, which was important to us because we work full-time,’ Ms Blacklock said.

They had their work cut out ” the previous owners had once kept a market garden but it had run wild as they aged.

Rubbish choked the four hectares of land, which had gone untouched for 15 years, allowing rampant cottonbush, blackberry and wattle to suffocate the native vegetation complex.

Three years of backbreaking clearing and revegetating the creek banks with blackbutt, paperbark and marri trees has transformed the area, with a healthy tree canopy allowing work to begin on the understorey.

The population of native animals has, in turn, flourished.

‘It’s very rewarding to see the little critters around ” we get so excited, and the birdlife is amazing,’ Ms Blacklock said.