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 late 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 were 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. During 2021, the groups worked to implement these exciting projects to make their unique walking trails more accessible for all community members to enjoy.

Accessibility without Erosion- The Friends of Lobethal Bushland Park (Adelaide Hills)

The Adelaide Hills’ December 2019 Cudlee Creek bushfires burnt Lobethal Bushland Park with such heat and intensity that the park suffered an unprecedented 95 percent loss of flora.  Funding from a 2020 Nature Valley™ Trails Landcare Grant supported The Friends of Lobethal Bushland Park, with the Adelaide Hills Council, to rejuvenate and enhance these fire affected bushland areas with a focus on restoring walking trails. The Group built a 14-metre boardwalk and diverted surface water from eroded paths and completed restoration work. Now, local residents and nature lovers from all over South Australia and beyond can enjoy safely walking through this magnificent bushland park. Read case study.

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, is enabling 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. Work on the project commenced in the first half of 2021, but due to the COVID-19 lock-downs in New South Wales, its completion, scheduled for September 2021, has been delayed until early 2022. When the Track officially reopens, 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.

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