Kalamunda Men’s Shed plants seeds for future of the Falls

Mike Robinson and Bodhi Wilson (Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls- FOULF) with Graeme Bradley (Chairman Kalamunda Mens Shed) Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au   d472013
Mike Robinson and Bodhi Wilson (Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls- FOULF) with Graeme Bradley (Chairman Kalamunda Mens Shed) Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d472013

AN INDIGENOUS seed nursery built by the Kalamunda Men’s Shed is playing its part in reinvigorating the upper Lesmurdie Falls bushland in a bid to attract tourists and local residents back to the popular.

Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls president Mike Robinson said the Up the Creek project was an incredible example of what a community-driven project could achieve.

“In 2015, the Lesmurdie and Districts Community Association approached us to work together to accelerate the rehabilitation work, and then in 2016, Men’s Shed was approached to help out by providing a space for two shade houses and assist in their construction,” he said.

“The Men’s Shed embraced the idea warmly and construction is now well underway, with one shade house completed and the second to start shortly.

“Initially, the shade houses will be used as holding areas for the thousands of plants that have been grown for us by nurseries and which will be planted this winter.

“In future years, the community volunteers from all three groups will be growing our own plants and it is hoped that up to 6000 will be propagated each year.”

Mr Robinson said that in addition to keeping plant costs to a minimum, there were significant benefits for the Kalamunda Men’s Shed.

“Already very well-known for their wood and metal work, the shade houses will provide an additional outlet for any members with a horticultural interest,” he said.

Community members who would like to get involved can contact Mr Robinson at mhlerob@gmail.com