GREEN: Bunya Valley Landcare members Alan Atkinson, Denis Langmead, Leanne Morgan and Wendy Olsen at the Spring Wondai Garden Expo on Saturday September 22.
GREEN: Bunya Valley Landcare members Alan Atkinson, Denis Langmead, Leanne Morgan and Wendy Olsen at the Spring Wondai Garden Expo on Saturday September 22. Jessica McGrath

Gardeners on a mission to create a greener future

ONE community group of gardeners are on a mission to see cool, green shading around the South Burnett.

Bunya Valley Landcare listen to the ideas from South Burnett residents who visit their stall at South Burnett markets, and the 21st Spring Wondai Garden Expo on Saturday September 22.

The community landscaping group plans to work with schools, scout groups and public places like parks.

Group member Dennis Langmead said they were passionate about incorporating trees in the streetscape to provide shade, and keep the town cool.

They are hoping to create shade along the South Burnett Rail Trail by planting natives.

"Greening some of the corridors, the interface between the towns, to make them destination spots,” he said.

"Less people will use it, unless it is shaded.”

Member Alan Atkinson said the group of around 30 had worked on several projects, including community gardens.

"There's some wonderful members who have lots of different skills in our group that we want to bring to the community, but we also want the community to come to us and tell us what they want,” he said.

Established 18 months ago, the group recently had a meeting with Tingoora residents to brainstorm landscaping ideas.

In the long term, they would like to support the farmers.

"We know what we need to do to the land to drought proof it, if people are willing to invest in that,” Mr Atkinson said.

Replacing any trees cut down with native trees planted elsewhere would help the environment, as trees work as pumps to bring ground water to the surface.

"By engaging with more of these activities, it's possible within our grand children's time, we'll raise the precipitation in the area so the drought is not as bad as it is,” he said.

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