Stirling volunteers plant native trees on vacant block

Stirling volunteers plant native trees on vacant block

A SMALL group of volunteers got their hands dirty in Gwelup planting 16 native trees on a “neglected” vacant block.

Organiser Michael Norman said the natives were planted near the Principal Shared Path (PSP) for bicycles, which runs adjacent to the Mitchell Freeway to compensate for the loss of trees caused by development.

“As community based tree planters we firmly believe Perth needs as many trees on vacant land, parks and street verges as possible, to help compensate for the continuing rapid loss of trees on private land as subdivision and redevelopment occurs, and also the loss of native vegetation on Perth’s fringes as more land clearing occurs for housing,” he said.

“The native trees were grown by two volunteers, and were the ones left over from a number of larger community planting events this winter.”

Mr Norman said seedlings included two tuart trees using seed collected from a rare “weeping tuart” that had been removed to make room for a larger house in Sorrento.

“It is a good site for large trees as there is lots of room well away from houses, no underground services or overhead power lines,” he said.

However, planting was difficult due to metre high weeds and compacted ground.

Mr Norman said the group were committed to watering and keeping the area free of weeds.

“The trees will be kept clear of weeds and watered once every 3 weeks during their first summer and autumn,” he said.

“Weed control will be undertaken again around each seedling next winter, after that they are on their own.

“The trees should still be growing well at this time next century.”