YOUNG SPROUTS: Tavian Clark, 11 is taught the finer art of tree planting from long term Field Naturalists Club member, Les Koy, 82
YOUNG SPROUTS: Tavian Clark, 11 is taught the finer art of tree planting from long term Field Naturalists Club member, Les Koy, 82 Matt Collins

Weeding out the Burnett

PROPAGATION, conservation and education is the key to looking after our bushlands according to the Native Plants Queensland Association (Kingaroy branch).

The group (formerly known as Society for Growing Australian Plants) were out in force on Saturday morning at the Carroll Nature Reserve in Kingaroy pulling out weeds and planting native trees to coincide with National Tree Planting Day.

The group's President, Frank Scheele said the focus for the day was to protect the critically endangered Phebalium distans plant (commonly known as Mt Berryman Phebalium)

"We are planting more of these today and they should do well in the soil in this area,” Mr Scheele said.

The strong turn out boasted volunteers of all ages.

From young Tavian Clark who, at 11, was eager to help out wherever he could, right up to the long standing member of the group, Les Koy, who at a proud 81 years of age was keeping up with the best of them.

Mr Koy has been a member of the group since 1990 and he knows how important conserving these areas is for the current generation but it is crucial for our future,

"There is not much of our native plants left, it is so important to our birds and animals,” Mr Koy said.

The group gets together on the third weekend of every month and Honorary Treasurer, Graham Helmhold advised they always welcomed new members,

"We are a hard working bunch, but we can always do with more people who want to get their hands dirty,” Mr Helmhold said.

For more information and to get involved with Native Plants Queensland contact Barb Paterson on 07 4162 1667 or email kingaroy@npq.org.au

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