July Bushcare – Nature ninjas bring new life to Deanei Reserve on Schools Tree Day

The Deanei Reserve was buzzing with youthful enthusiasm as students from Winmalee Public School got busy on Schools Tree Day.

The “nature ninjas” enjoyed an action-packed morning learning about the reserve and planting 100 ferns, grasses, shrubs and trees. 

Preparing 100 plants for a busload of nature ninjas

The event was the initiative of the students from the Blue Mountains City Council Youth Council, who also attended.

The successful morning was a combined effort by council officers, teachers, bush regeneration staff, and bushcare volunteers. 

Educating under the eucalypts
Nathan from the council discusses the original indigenous people of Springwood

The event was summed up by one happy student: “That was the best fun I’ve had in years!”

Thanks to Jenny, Monica, Melanie, Nathan, Matt and his crew, the teaching staff, and Mike, Rob, RIchard, Madeline and John.

Working together
And last of all, planting the E. deanei

Species planted on Schools Planting Day (tubestock from Wildplant Rescue):
Pittosporum revolutum, Maidenhair Fern, Blechnum nudum, Doodia aspera, Gahnia clarkei, Lomandra longifolia, Dianella sp., Hydrocotyle pedunculata, Viola hederacea, Veronica plebaie, Goodenia billedifolia, Oplismenus, Hardenbergia violacea, Pandorea pandorana.

Plants donated by Mike Purtell, bushcare volunteer:
Eucalyptus deanei, Homalanthus populifolius (Bleeding Heart)

A Bleeding Heart in the sun