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Free native plants to help our wildlife friends

Eurobodalla residents can swap weeds from their garden for free native plants this Sunday 2 May, at the Marine Rescue Market at Corrigans Reserve.

Members of Eurobodalla Council’s environment team will be at the market from 9am to 1pm and can also give advice on gardening with native plants.

Council’s natural resource management officer Courtney Fink-Downes said local backyards were more important than ever for our local wildlife.

“So much of their homes and food supply is recovering from the bushfires, which places added importance on what we have in our gardens,” she said.

“We are seeing bird species in our backyards that we have never seen before and the frogs, lizards, butterflies, bees, birds and possums are all in need of a helping hand.

“Each of us has a part to help our native animals in the bushfire recovery process and the plant swap will be a great opportunity to ask us how you can help.”

To take part in the plant swap just pop weeds from your garden in a bag and bring it to the Council stall. For great resources on identifying plants in your garden, head to https://www.erbg.org.au/education-in-the-botanic-gardens/identify-your-weed/

If you can’t make it to the Corrigans Beach Market this Sunday, Council also offers free home garden visits that include a plant voucher for the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden nursery. Another plant swap will also be held at the Narooma Rotary Markets at NATA Oval on Sunday 23 May, 9am-1pm.

Ms Fink-Downes said further inspiration on creating a garden haven for wildlife was on the Backyard Buddies website at https://www.backyardbuddies.org.au/.

“It has some fantastic DIY projects to attract native animals to your garden and is a brilliant resource to give ideas on how to create wildlife havens,” she said.

For more information on the plant swap or to book in your free garden visit please contact Courtney Fink-Downes on 4474 7493 or Courtney.fink@esc.nsw.gov.au


Above: Council’s natural resource management officer Courtney Fink-Downes is encouraging residents to grow native plants to provide a haven for local wildlife. Exchange environmental weeds from your garden for free native plants this Sunday at Corrigans markets to give local wildlife a helping hand.

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