Examples of Junior Landcare Biodiversity Projects
Through generous corporate and government partnerships, every year Landcare Australia distributes Junior Landcare grants to hundreds of schools, kindergartens, and youth groups across Australia. The grants assist these groups with environmental projects.
Following are case studies of two successful Junior Landcare Biodiversity Grant Projects:
Bringing birds back to Cornish Hill Reserve
The Cornish Hill Reserve is located in Daylesford Victoria. Between the 1850s and the 1930s, the land was extensively transformed to accommodate gold mining. While mining stopped many years ago, the damage to the land remains, and weeds like Gorse, Blackberry and Broom took hold.
Aside from making it difficult for native plants and animals to re-establish, the weedy area became a fire hazard and restricted locals and visitors from accessing the natural values of the area and its historic mine sites.
A local Secondary College and the Friends of Cornish Hill decided to work together to rehabilitate the reserve, improve environmental values and provide a home for native birds and animals.
Nangip Creek Reserve Habitat Enhancement Project
In 2017, Darkan Primary School in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt turned its attention to rehabilitating Nangip Reserve, located near the school. They applied for a South32 Enhancing Habitats Junior Landcare grant, to fund activities over a 12-month period.
Once they’d received funding, the teachers, students and their parents set up a project team to assist with managing all the tasks. Starting with weeding the woodland and putting in place weed control, they were able to remove pest plant species. They then planted native trees and shrubs along the creekbank to help bring it back to its original state, so that native animals and birds would be encouraged back.