Since 2003, GeoLINK and Ballina Shire Council have hosted the annual Lennox Head Community Tree Planting Day to coincide with World Environment Day (WED) – the biggest, most globally celebrated day for positive environmental action. This important initiative aims to protect our natural heritage and create a lasting natural legacy for future generations.
The Ballina Environment Society started replanting the Lennox headland in 1980, while the GeoLINK-Ballina Shire Council planting partnership started in 2003. Now in its 13th year, the Lennox Head Tree Planting Day has grown to become a major environmental event on the local calendar. Each year, the Lennox Head community rallies together at the iconic Lennox headland to plant native seedlings of littoral rainforest species in order to restore the rainforest community that was once present on the headland pre 1800’s.
Best records of species that existed on the Lennox headland pre 1800’s come from a study of the remaining patches of littoral rainforest in the Lennox Head area (such as the remnant patch in Amber Drive) and of all the adjacent remaining littoral rainforests. Aboriginal cultural heritage was also considered given their known use of the Lennox area.
The species for the headland restoration project were selected in consideration of the historical studies and include species such as Tuckeroo, Guioa, Coastal Banksia, Three Vein Laurel, Umbrella Cheese Tree, Bleeding Heart Tree, Coast Wattle, Jackwood, Yellow Kamala, Lilly Pilly, Sweet and Hairy Pittosporum, Pink Bloodwood, Brown Kurrajong, Beach Birdseye, Pink Euodia, Brown Pine and Brush Cherry. In 2011, five rare Coastal Fontainea (Fontainea oraria) seedlings, kindly provided by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA), were included in the planting.
The whole planting list combined, on achieving canopy formation, forms a littoral rainforest and becomes an endangered ecological community listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.
As illustrated in the aerial map, a large area has been planted since the event’s inception in 2003, where a mere 20 volunteers planted just 140 seedlings. As event awareness has grown, so too have the numbers of participants, with the record number of attendees reaching 162 in 2008. Over the past 12 years the event has had support from some 1,190 volunteers who jointly planted a total of 10,444 seedlings.
The majority of the plantings have been funded by Council and the community (GeoLINK, Landcare and other businesses providing cash and in-kind contributions) with value added grants such as those from NRCMA and the Biodiversity Fund (2011).
For more information on the Tree Planting Day or any of GeoLINK’s community initiatives, please contact GeoLINK on 02 6687 7666 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A poster is attached for share this event with others.