Lonsdale Park on the Yarra hosted their annual tree planting day on Sunday 18 June 2017.
The sun was shining warmly and the land was ready for another 600 native bushes and trees to create a vegetation corridor along the border of the property. This was supported by the local Yarra Ranges Council who actively fund revegetation programs.
35 energetic and enthusiastic people from Melbourne city came to breathe the fresh air and get their hands dirty and sore muscles. For 3 hours we dug, chatted, laughed, watered, hammered and planted until all the work was done. It was a true testament to group effort and team cohesion, as everyone slotted into their roles and took initiative in making the whole.
We had a beautiful lunch on a long table in the garden, delving into the traditional pumpkin soup served every year. Anika and Martina gave short talks on the value and benefits of revegetation and what it means for the land and the farm.
With the hard work done, everyone enjoyed the afternoon before heading home by strolling through the gardens, walking the newly established labyrinth and wandering down to the Yarra River to see the incredible growth of trees from previous annual planting days. After relaxing by the fire in the studio, bellies full of cake and tea everyone slowly said their good byes with tired happy smiles.