Community digs deep for Lennox headland regeneration

FOR more than a decade, the Lennox Head Community Tree Planting day has been a community event that's prompted thousands of volunteers to dig deep - literally.

Organised to coincide with World Environment Day - the aim is to plant a lasting natural legacy for future generations by restoring parts of the Lennox headland with native flora.

By planting native seedlings of littoral rainforest species on the Lennox headland, the community group hopes to restore the flora that was once present on the headland pre 1800's.

The best records of species that existed on the Lennox headland come from a study of the remaining patches of littoral rainforest in the Lennox Head area and in the adjacent remaining littoral rainforests.

The species include Tuckeroo, Guioa, Coastal Banksia, Thee Vein Laurel, Umbrella Cheese Tree, Bleeding Heart Tree, Coast Wattle, Jackwood, Yellow Kamala, Lilly Pilly, Sweet and Hairy Pittosporum, Pink Bloodwood, Brown Kurrajong, Beach Birdseye, Pink Euodia, Brown Pine and Brush Cherry,

In 2011, five rare Coastal Fontainea seedlings donated by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority were included in the planting.

When the list of species are combined, they form a littoral rainforest and become part of an endangered ecological community listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.

Over the past 12 years, the event has had support from 1,190 volunteers who jointly planted a total of 10,444 seedlings.

The majority of the plantings have been funded by the Ballina Shire Council and the community with occasional grants.

For more information on the Tree Planting Day, contact GeoLINK on 02 6687 7666 or email info@geolink.net.au.

On Friday, June 5 from 9am to 12pm.



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