Participants  learning propagation techniques at the recent Coastal Corridor Enhancement Project workshop at the Coffs Council Nursery
Participants learning propagation techniques at the recent Coastal Corridor Enhancement Project workshop at the Coffs Council Nursery

Coastal Corridor Enhancement project and recent successful Coffs Harbour propagation Workshop

The ‘Coastal corridor enhancement through community assisted restoration, propagation and revegetation’ Biodiversity Fund project is working on 23 sites over the northern NSW coastline from Crescent Head through to Brunswick Heads. EnviTE bush regenerators are working with a range of partners to enhance and protect high conservation value native habitat, undertake biodiverse supplemental plantings to improve structure, floristics and longer term ecological processes and undertake management of key threats such as weeds.

A Coastal Propagation and Revegetation Manual has also been produced as part of this project updating an earlier version following consultation with experts in plant propagation. The Manual is the main learning resource for this workshop and contains current information on ecological restoration, web based resources, project planning and site assessment, propagating plants safely, plant propagation techniques and methods and planting guidelines. It is hoped that it will serve as a resource to facilitate improving connectivity in the landscape.

As part of this project a free Plant propagation workshop was held at Coffs Council Nursery by EnviTE Environment & Coffs Council Nursery Staff on Thursday 26th June. The workshop provided participants with hands on experience in how to grow native plants for use in local plantings. Mick Webb EnviTE’s Project officer said “ We had around 12 really enthusiastic attendees who just wanted to get their hands dirty and learn how to propagate and plant more native trees / shrubs. ‘Because of the fragmented nature of much coastal vegetation and past disturbance, propagation of local natives and supplemental planting of species can improve remnant structure, address coastal erosion as well as improving landscape connectivity’ Mick added ‘ Many coastal residents are wanting to acquire these skills’. Representatives from Woolgoolga High School, Korora Public School, Coffs Harbour Steiner School , Jarrett Creek Landcare Group, Woolgoolga Community Nursery and Friends of the Botanic Gardens attended the event.

The Propagation and Revegetation manual will be provided to participants and can be freely downloaded from the EnviTE website using the following link :
http://www.envite.org.au/images/pdfs/environment/Coastal_propagation_and_revegetation_manual.pdf

This project has been funded by the Federal Government through its
Biodiversity Fund.


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