Tree guard partnership benefitting more than plants
Many hands are making light work of setting up the 8000 tree guards needed for the Glenelg Hopkins CMA’s Rivers of Warrnambool Flagship Waterways project.
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has partnered with WDEA Works Social Enterprises to support revegetation projects in the region.
The WDEA Works Social Enterprise team has developed a streamlined process of assembling tree guards and support stakes, bundling them together, and packing them into bulker bags for delivery to project sites.
This system enables Glenelg Hopkins CMA to easily transport and distribute the pre-staked guards to planting sites, eliminating the need for time-consuming assembly on-site. This is especially beneficial during cold spring days when handling stakes with cold hands can be challenging, even with gloves on.
The latest batch of 8000 tree guards will be used in conjunction with 14,000 native plants to be planted on public and private land along the banks of the Hopkins and Merri rivers and Brucknell Creek as part of the Rivers of Warrnambool Flagship Project.
The project, funded by the Victorian Government through the Waterway Health Funding program, aims to restore and protect waterway health in the region over the next four years.