Community Tree Planting Event
Knowing that the annual Tree Planting event was not going ahead in May, the team facilitated a smaller Community Tree Planting Day a few weeks ago. While we weren’t able to bring as many volunteers together as the larger annual event, we were able to put over 1,000 new trees in the ground at the NightWings property! Tens of thousands of trees have been planted there to regenerate this once stripped sugar cane field – and all with your support. The crew of twenty volunteers did a great job in just a few hours. Hooray!
Our Land Manager, Grant Morrison, says that the seedlings at NightWings are “growing extremely well”. There is lots of activity here too, with so many lizard and snake species being seen along with many, many insects. We’re so grateful for the insects as we all know that they play an essential role in plant reproduction and soil fertility. There have also been lots of butterflies of all kinds fluttering about, including the Cairns Birdwing (Melicope rubra/ Melicope elleryana) and the bright blue Ulysses butterfly (Aristolochia acuminate), who are attracted to the flowering trees which they pollinate, playing their important role throughout this emerging rainforest, helping it grow.
Throughout 2020 we are planning to have more Community Tree Planting Days, so we will be sure to promote these events through our social media and email. Stay tuned!