"We saw bustards here last year, which we've never seen in this area before. We've noticed an increase in parrot numbers too. The trees and plantings also have the effect of lowering the water table, which in turn improves ground salinity levels."
"While the main planting activity starts on the Friday with the school planting, the work for the weekend starts well before then, so if anyone wants to come up early, they are most welcome. The current membership is mostly Adelaide based, some of whom have links to the local area. Anyone is welcome to join us, and we're especially keen to encourage families to join us".
The group also undertake other activity weekends throughout the year, including site preparation and maintenance, weed control, fencing, making guards and sourcing stakes, and removing pest growth to stop competition which then allows plantings to get more moisture and grow better.
The group is keen to emphasise is how relaxed and casual they are, and how welcome anyone will feel upon arrival. Grabczewski adds "We had a number of families come to our planting last June and they had a great time. It's a great way to spend time in the outdoors, and in years to come the kids will have the thrill of driving past the planting sites and saying 'I did that'."