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Do something concrete ‘plant a tree’

Artist HOWe’s propagated eucalyptus river red gum seedlings. Image at Wild Dog Studio. Ready to plant.
Artist HOWe’s community River Serpent Sculpture project. The site includes mosaics produced by local school students and a native grass landscaped meeting space.

Lets face it our beautiful planet needs more trees.  And you can help!

Let the good times grow

My small campaign has the ability to grow, but only with your enthusiasm and involvement. 

It’s free to have fun

This campaign is a lot of fun and it’s totally free.  You don’t even need to join up anywhere. 

It’s fun knowing that your doing something really really awesome by regenerating the environment and ultimately helping save our planet.

It doesn’t cost anything to do a ‘kind deed with a seed’.  

One rule

Have FUN.  Learning is fun.  Learn about propagating while getting your hands dirty.  That crazy website is full of really great tips and tricks.  You will need to learn about your local indigenous flora and fauna.  And ensure you only replant indigenous plants of that region.  All local councils have information about the local flora and fauna.  Some councils even provide free indigenous seedlings to plant in your garden.

Start collection

No, this campaign doesn’t require collecting money.  It simply requires getting out doors and collecting indigenous seeds.  In fact, it’s a great time to collect fallen native seed pods from trees or seeds from indigenous grasses and plants ready to propagate in time for spring. 

HOWe Community Sculptured Landscape Projects

Many of my community sculptor projects involved removing existing concrete areas, footpaths and carparks.  And instead replacing them with planted sculptural spaces for all the our community to meet and enjoy.

It’s broken but we can fix it – together

A recurring theme across the globe is recently thousands of indigenous trees came crashing down in what are becoming regular freak wind storms.  Many areas across the country look like a war zone. Including my own neighbouring lands.  These shots (refer pic) I took out back behind my studio show a glimpse of the devastation. Ancient trees up rooted and giant limbs torn away with ease.

Quick but no fix

Now comes the clean up and temptation for everyone to once again crank up the chainsaws and continue to cut down any surviving large trees.

But please.  Firstly, broken tree limbs create new homes for wildlife like parrots, sugar gliders, possums and falling logs make a great refuge for our reptile friends.  Already so much habitat is lost.

A big reason trees are simply not coping with strong winds is because we continue to clear and cut the land. With less and less trees means the wind loads aren’t shared and sadly more trees will fall and stronger winds will come!

Sneak peak

I’m sneaking around Melbourne planting indigenous trees at night in a small step to regenerating cleared farmed areas.

Grow in numbers

Right now, I’m propagating more indigenous plants.  Collected when walking the bush trials. These native falling seed pods are propagated into healthy seedlings.  These plants will then be both giving away to visitors (until run out) at Wild Dog studio as well used for revegetation areas along the Birrarung River.

Visits to Studio welcome

You can make an appointment to visit my studio.  You could pick up a free little eucalyptus or acacia grown from my collected seeds along the local river trial.

Or you are welcome to attend our Banyule Open Studios (BOS) event scheduled in April 1-3.   See BOS website for details

Planted the seed

Hopefully this blog inspires you.  End of the day it’s people like you that can ‘do something concrete and plant a tree’.  Every person propagating and replanting indigenous plants is another small step in helping restore and stop our eroding habitats.

So let’s start planting back indigenous trees and plants for future generations to enjoy!

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