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It’s the big one! Nature Conservation’s annual Wooditjup Bilya community planting day returns on May 28 from 10am-12noon, with an army of volunteers needed to plant 2000 native seedlings.

It will build on five years of riparian planting along the Margaret River near Kevill Falls, which now covers an impressive three hectares and is already improving water quality, enhancing habitat for a host of native birds and animals, and boosting biodiversity.

“Last year we had a mammoth community turnout, with more than 100 volunteers planting more than 2000 seedlings. This year we’ve got just as many plants to get into the ground, so we need plenty of helpers to continue to restore this beautiful section of the Wooditjup Bilya or Margaret River,” said Nature Conservation officer Lauren Scanlon (pictured).

Volunteers will be treated to a welcome to country ceremony by cultural custodian Zac Webb from Undalup Association (pictured), who will also share stories of Wooditjup Bilya in an amazing opportunity for the community to learn more about the region’s namesake.

“Come along and contribute to this special part of the world by getting your hands dirty,” says Lauren. “There’s no doubt that revegetation is good for country, and we’re noticing that it’s also good for the people who do the planting. It’s amazing to see the community built, connections made and long-term friendships that develop from getting out and contributing to nature.”

“We have nearly 2000 plants to plant, and need all the help we can get. Bring your family and friends, including children who are most welcome to attend with a supervising adult.”

Valerie Vallee, who attended last year’s Wooditjup Bilya planting day, said it was an awesome experience. “So many trees planted for native wildlife, plus awesome people, magical weather and epic sharing of culture by Zac Webb,” she said. Margaret River residents Alex Nancy Tost and their daughters Evelyn and Marnie also attended last year’s event. “It was epic to get our hands dirty and plant so many trees and shrubs. It feels good to give back to this amazing place we live,” Alex said.

Morning tea will be provided for volunteers, who are asked to bring wet weather gear, hat, water bottle and gloves and a trowel if you have them. Park opposite 245 Kevill Road and follow the access track and signs to the planting site at Shire River Reserve nearby.

This project is generously funded by South West Catchments Council, Shire of Augusta Margaret River, Trillion Trees Australia, Cross Fit Margaret River, Cape Mentelle and local landowners.