Friends of the Urban Forest
The Friends of the Urban Forest volunteers work to rehabilitate public lands throughout Greater Adelaide through the SA Urban Forests – Million Trees Program. The Program is dedicated to inspiring, involving and educating the Adelaide community to partner with government agencies in establishing three million local native trees and associated understorey plants across Greater Adelaide by 2014.
Winter planting events are held annually for the Million Trees Program at a number of priority sites on which to concentrate its restoration efforts to maximise the benefit to biodiversity. The major targeted projects provide opportunities to buffer and connect remnants, replant threatened vegetation communities, establish large blocks of vegetation and recreate habitat. Thorough site planning ensures that clear and measurable restoration objectives are developed and on-ground actions are implemented to achieve them.
Tubestock grown by Trees For Life to going into Para Woodlands, Kalbeeba
In 2012, approximately 200,000 plants will be established across 53 sites. For example, several projects will again be targeting Department of Planning and Local Government open space land. These include continued revegetation and restoration works at Gawler Buffer sites and Maslin Beach (Blanche Point). Other exciting projects with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources include the continuing rehabilitation of areas at Para Woodland, Sturt Gorge Recreation Park (Craigburn Farm), Onkaparinga River National Park and along the Onkaparinga River Estuary.
Family Planting, Craigburn Farm
Volunteers are generally provided with tools for planting and morning tea, though each event differs slightly. Specifics can be found on the Million Trees Events Calendar along with RSVP details for each event.
Over 2,000 members are supported by the Urban Biodiversity Unit team, Million Trees and Backyards for Wildlife (BFW) Programs. Funding is available for organisations and groups who aim to revegetate open space within the Adelaide area to protect and improve local biodiversity. Schools are also encouraged to apply for funding from the Million Trees Program to recreate a small piece of Adelaide’s original bushland within their grounds through the Grow a Great School Program.
Backyards for Wildlife Program complements the Million Trees Program by supporting many activities that lead to increasing the community’s environmental awareness through action-based initiatives: families and groups attend school holiday walks at Cleland Wildlife Park; BFW local native plant sale model has been used by local councils, the Grey Box Community Group, Inc and Gawler Environment and Heritage Association; the Local Government Biodiversity Officers Network (LGBON) holds quarterly meetings to promote upskilling and information sharing between councils; and biodiversity education through a presence at major events (e.g. Womad, Uraidla Sustainability Fair), giving informative talks and keeping our local plant database and native species lists for Adelaide suburbs up-to-date.
Friends of the Urban Forest is free to join anytime through the Backyards for Wildlife website at www.backyards4wildlife.com.au or by calling/emailing the Urban Biodiversity Unit, members receive a welcome pack including a bin sticker and wildlife gardening booklet as well as a quarterly newsletter.
Contact the Urban Biodiversity Unit on firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: (08) 8278 0600 for more information.