Nature Valley™, a General Mills brand, are passionate about people getting out more and giving back so we can all experience the magic of the great outdoors. In October 2020, they put this into action by partnering with Landcare Australia to support the rejuvenation of bushfire affected walking trails with the launch of the Nature Valley™ Trails Landcare Grants program.
The two grant recipients are not-for-profit environmental conservation groups located on New South Wales’ mid-north coast and the Adelaide Hills. They received a combined total of $80,000 in funding. For the remainder of 2020 until mid-2021, these groups will be implementing exciting projects to make their unique walking trails more accessible for all community members to enjoy.
Summit to Sea Walking Track Rejuvenation – Nambucca Valley Landcare (NSW mid-north coast)
The Summit to Sea Walking Track is a 12km trail connecting the summit of Mt Yarrhapinni to the coast at Grassy Head. When 68 percent of the Nambucca Valley was impacted by the 2019 bushfires, Yarriabini National Park was a vital refuge for animals. As the fires did not directly affect the park itself, it remains one of the most important pockets of rainforest on the coast. This project will enable Nambucca Valley Landcare in collaboration with National Parks and Wildlife Service, Nambucca Valley Council, volunteers and local schools, to enhance accessibility along the track by adding boardwalks, steps and managing vegetation. When the Track officially reopens in September 2021, it will be an amazing walk across a mosaic of different habitats, providing visitors with the opportunity to connect to an area that is highly significant to the Dunghutti, Ngambaa and Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people.
Accessibility without Erosion- The Friends of Lobethal Bushland Park (Adelaide Hills)
The Cudlee Creek bushfires in December 2019 burnt Lobethal Bushland Park with such heat and intensity that the park suffered an unprecedented 95 percent loss of flora. The Nature Valley Trails Landcare Grant is funding the local Friends of Group to purchase materials to build a 14-metre boardwalk and divert surface water from already existing eroded paths and other restoration work. The Friends of Lobethal Bushland Park with the Adelaide Hills Council (Park landowners) will provide the labour for the path improvements. When the project is completed, local residents and nature lovers from all over South Australia and beyond will be able to enjoy safely walking through this magnificent bushland park.