Land Care

Bring your gloves, boots and a smile, we are going to get a little dirty!

It is with great pride that we can now announce the collaboration with Woodleigh Station to contribute to a land care project on site at Sprout Festival 2019!

As a part of this project, we will be aiding in the removal of the invasive plant – Lantana camara, along a river channel that feeds into the Millstream River, and replanting native grass in order to minimise sediment runoff.

This project will aid in reducing fine sediment run-off to the Great Barrier Reef and help improve water quality in the Herbert River catchment, while restoring native vegetation to an area that has been overrun by an the invasive species – lantana.

The Herbert catchment, which extends 340km from the Herberton and Ravenshoe areas to the coastal region of Ingham, is one of the three biggest contributors of sediment loads to the Reef.

Sediment is one of the major materials affecting the health of the Great Barrier Reef. Fine sediment poses the highest risk to reef ecosystems, smothering corals, seagrasses and other plants, affecting their growth and survival.

Plant the seed productions are very proud to be contributing to such a project, and to be aligning with Woodleigh stations core value of leaving the land in a healthy state for future generations.

This project will also be supported by Coalescence Festival and Organic Motion, both of which are key drivers in the Sprout Festival machine!

For more information about the negative effects of runoff has on the reef, follow the links below.

 

https://www.reefplan.qld.gov.au/resources/explainers/how-does-sediment-affect-the-gbr

http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/our-work/threats-to-the-reef/declining-water-quality

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/threat-of-sediment-runoff-to-great-barrier-reef-worse-than-thought-20190311-p513e2.html