Plant Aid is a community project initiated by permaculture teacher Heather Thorpe. The project involves a collective of individuals and organisations, each contributing distinct skills and strengths to meet our shared goal of helping to restore and regenerate landscapes and gardens in Tasmania’s fire-affected areas and through this, to support local residents and landowners.
Plant Aid is an initiative to help communities re-grow! It’s simple – volunteers register to grow plants for the bushfire recovery, and these plants will be donated to affected communities during 2013. A huge range of plants will be needed to revegetate and replenish fire-affected areas including native species for wildlife corridors and shelter belts, fruit trees, vegetable seedlings and garden ornamentals.
Register your interest as a grower and you will receive occasional e-mails with information about the best species to grow and other Plant Aid updates, including the collection or delivery of your plants come spring. (If you are interested in growing Tasmanian native species for the long-term recovery, you may choose to join the Understorey Network’s Growers Scheme – membership fees apply.)
Plant Aid coordinators and volunteers will provide advice and support on plant propagation, including workshops, throughout the year.
Donated plants will be distributed to fire-affected Tasmanian communities during 2013, including at Plant Aid Fairs this spring.
Volunteers are invited to grow plants, including garden ornamentals, herbs or vegetable seedlings. Some garden plants are highly likely to escape into the bush and farmland, becoming problematic weeds. Please don’t grow these!! Read about the weeds of Southern Tasmania (all black-listed for Plant Aid).
As plants will be moving from place to place, it’s important that growers practice good hygiene. Please reduce the spread of pests and diseases (including Phytophthora root rot) by following these hygiene guidelines.
Find out more or register by e-mail.