Landcare – the year that was

Monday 20 December 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed things for everyone.

For Landcare in West Gippsland it has meant the last year has looked a bit different to other years.

While groups and networks held 170 workshops and events due to restrictions- many of these moved to online platforms.

While this was good for sharing information, it was not the same as getting to have a catch up over a cup of tea and kick the dirt.

Although restrictions meant most of this was done by contractors rather than community planting days.

As regional areas saw an influx of people moving from the city our groups welcomed nearly 200 new members.

Many groups saw members go dormant with groups and networks stating that only 47% of their members were active.

However, despite the challenges, some things, like passion for the environment stayed the same.

  • Landcarers planted 262 hectares of trees
  • Landholders continued to undertake inspiring environmental work on their farms
  • Over 100 hectares of remnant bush was protected
  • Managing pest plants and animals continued – nearly 23,000 hectares of private property was managed for foxes and rabbits
  • And they kept on giving – Volunteers contributed nearly 45,000 hours of volunteering to the environment.

As we move into 2022, now is the perfect time to join your local Landcare Group.

We’re looking forward to getting back together to get stuck into helping our region and hope you will join us!

Watch the story and learn more about getting involved here.

Landcare achievements 2021