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What's app? Brunswick Valley Landcare secretary, Rita de Heer, confirming contact  details  on her smart phone with the group's latest volunteer. Photo contributed
What’s app? Brunswick Valley Landcare secretary, Rita de Heer, confirming contact details on her smart phone with the group’s latest volunteer. Photo contributed

There is a site along the riverbank in Mullumbimby, down Whian Road behind Typepower, has recently been transformed into a baby rainforest, attracting a lot of positive comments from locals.

In fact a small group of volunteers have been working on the site for some time but Brunswick Valley Landcare’s Carole Gamble Because it is visible it attracts lots of comment unlike many Landcare projects that are out of sight unless you know where to look.

Carole says until recently the area was ‘an impenetrable thicket of running bamboo, lantana and camphor laurel –and lots of rubbish .

‘After some incredible muscle power and concentrated digging, we have been able to plant hundreds of trees and understory plants,’ she told Echonetdaily.

She said the group spent Sunday spreading donated mulch to help keep the weeds down and the moisture in while the plants become established.

‘The best thing about this site is that, apart from chatting with locals who pass by, we have been able to build up our workforce by some pretty persuasive recruiting,’ Carole added.

Seen here is secretary, Rita de Heer, confirming contact  details  on her smart phone with the group’s latest volunteer after he expressed enthusiasm to join us .

Brunswick Valley Landcare work on the last Sunday of the month and always enjoy a cuppa and discuss next month’s projects .

If you are interested, walk past and say hello or contact Alison Radcliffe at Byron Shire Council.

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