Restoring their patch

Mardan – Mirboo North Landcarers, Ian and Helen Hasty are restoring an eroded gully on their farm in Mardan.

Thanks to a grant from the South Gippsland Landcare Network they have fenced off from stock and planted 2,000 trees on a nearly 1-hectare erosion site.

The trees were planted on a sunny Sunday by 11 members of the Mardan- Mirboo North group.

Helen said “After signing in, we marched over the hill and got stuck into planting from the top of the hill moving down the slope.”

Both Ian and Helen demonstrated their tunnel erosion problem by jumping into some of the holes to point out why we were planting. Tunnel erosion is an insidious form of erosion in some soils where channels and tunnels develop beneath the surface.

“There was much talk about fencing techniques as we admired the newly installed fence and numerous tales were told of rescuing cattle, calves and sheep from erosion tunnel in the Strzelecki Hills.”

“The morning ended with an enjoyable BBQ lunch and lots of lovely treats. Two hours of planting and two hours of eating/chatting is not a bad sort of Sunday to have!”

This project was funded by the Victorian Landcare Grants via the South Gippsland Landcare Network and West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

Ian Hasty, standing in a tunnel erosion hole on his property