Locals invited to help monks care for land

Buddhist monks Venerable Mudu with Venerable Buddharakkhita tend to the land.
Buddhist monks Venerable Mudu with Venerable Buddharakkhita tend to the land.

Its 23 monks, from countries including Norway, Ireland, Sri Lanka, the United States and Thailand as well as Australia, are together responsible for managing the Darling Scarp bushland.

The Venerable Buddharakkhita described it as ‘an amazing place’ that attracted thousands of international visitors.

‘In 300 million years, this is one of the only spots on the planet never submerged,’ he said.

‘This continuous biological presence means that now, every 100 metres all the species change and you are looking at something quite different.’

Since joining Healthy Habitats, the monks have improved fencing and cleared introduced species to help improve the land’s health.

The program is run by Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire and the Landcare Centre.

Landcare Centre natural resource management officer Kristy Gregory encouraged locals to come to field and planting days there next month.

‘Field days provide theoretical information, including lots of take-home material, and a field walk where participants get to ask lots of questions and see practical applications of what has been discussed,’ she said.