Bathurst Regional Council, with Habitat Connect, is in the process of developing Australia’s newest constructed wetland. DAVE RANKINE
he site is the Kelso Brick Pits on Edgells Lane and the �irst of many planned tree plantings took place on the site on Saturday, with a good crowd of volunteers assisting with the planting of trees and grasses. The site was the original location for the renowned “Bathurst Red” clay used to make so many early bricks in the city. It has laid to waste for some time and �ills regularly during wet periods.
Bathurst – the perfect classroom DAVE RANKINE BATHURST WELCOMED 60 Year 11 students from Barker College in Sydney this week, for an annual agriculture excursion. Running for the past 12 years, in conjunction with Newhaven Park House at George Plains, the excursion gives the Sydney students a hands-on approach to agriculture for three days. Head teacher Scott Graham
told Bathurst City Life the students have spent time tree planting, doing soil and pasture analysis, shearing and lamb marking and they also spent time with a Wiradyuri elder learning about traditional land use practices. “The program started with just 12 students, but we now bring about 300 here during the year to get their hands dirty and learn practically from local farmers and land-users,”
The addition of native trees and grasses to the location is the �irst step in reverting the site back to a natural wetland. Bathurst City Life caught up with volunteers at the tree planting on Saturday morning and captured their enthusiasm to rehabilitate the bare ground.
Scott explained. “These are all city kids so it is a great chance for them to learn first-hand about farming and agriculture and gives us plenty to relate back to in the classroom when we get back to school.” Bathurst City Life caught up with the group of 60 students and their teachers as they planted 250 trees and grasses on the Blayney Road Common on Monday.
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Bathurst City Life
May 11 - 17, 2017