Digging deep to restore headland
FOR more than a decade, the Lennox Head Community Tree Planting Day has been an event that has prompted thousands of volunteers to dig deep - quite 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.
The Lennox event dates back to 1980, when the Ballina Environment Society started replanting the headland.
In 2003, GeoLINK and Ballina Shire Council jumped on board and the tree planting day grew into a community event.
By planting native seedlings of littoral rainforest species on the headland, the community group hopes to restore the flora that had been present on the site before the 1800s.
The best records of species that existed on the 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, three 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.
Over the past 12 years, the event has had support from 1190 volunteers who have planted a total of 10,444 seedlings.
The majority of the plantings have been funded by the Ballina council and the community with occasional grants.
The Lennox Head Community Tree Planting Day is today, from 9am to noon.
For more information call GeoLINK on 6687 7666 or email email@example.com