A freelance writer new to Perth. Katie has written articles about her hometown in the UK for five years and is keen to see how Perth compares
Published September 5th 2011
Looking for a new experience and chance to see another side of Perth? That's what I was looking for when I signed up for environmental volunteering. I've done a few touristy things now and wanted to feel like I was doing something worthwhile, so when the chance to volunteer at SERCUL (South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare) came up I was definitely on board.
I didn't know exactly what to expect, but assumed that any conservation/environmental project would involve planting trees. I was correct. But it was pretty good fun.
I met quite a few people on the day, which was part of my reasoning for wanting to get involved. Instantly you belong to a group and have something in common with everyone: a concern for the environment and/or love of planting trees. It makes a nice change from my usual way of meeting new people (which would usually involve a glass of wine or two for courage and a slurred chat at the bar/in the toilets/waiting for a taxi).
With new friends in toe we arrived on site to be given a briefing on what we were meant to be doing (planting trees) and how this is done correctly (dig, plant, surround with soil). It wasn't too much of a complicated task. The area we were tending to was sandy terrain, so part of our job was to replace this soil in the area we were planting. This involved lots of filling buckets of soil and carrying them over to the area we were working on – I feel like I had a bit of a work out that day.
After a few hours we'd planted all of the available trees and shrubs, so our work was done. I did feel a sense of pride looking back at all the new spots of green we'd so artistically shattered across this piece of land. I hope to visit in a few months and see if the landscape looks any different, and in the mean time, I have a new bunch of friends to pass the time with.