February 18

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The Planetary Health Initiative’s Wildlife Compatible Garden is on the Edible Garden Trail on Saturday 5 March and our first Swampcare group meets on Friday 25 February

As the late afternoon sun cast its golden glow over our beautiful Country/Ngurra this evening, I took time after work for the first time to give love and attention to the Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative’s new wildlife-compatible edible garden next to the old Katoomba Golf Clubhouse.

It was created by the young people in the Permaculture and Social Enterprise Design Course we ran in January this year. This afternoon I planted purple congo potatoes, Occa or New Zealand yams, radish seeds, a lemon verbena, parsley and chives.

There are so many ways to get involved in restoring planetary health: The Planetary Health Initiative’s wildlife-compatible garden is on the Blue Mountains Edible Garden Trail on Saturday 5 March, our first Swampcare group will be starting on the site from 9am to 3pm on Friday 25 February, and the Headspace Katoomba permaculture garden, that we helped young people create last year, also needs people to love and give it attention.

Our wildlife-compatible garden is in its very early stages. We’re planting and testing what will survive the hungry wildlife that visit our site on a regular basis. We’re not netting the garden to keep wildlife out, but we have erected a dog wire fence so it won’t get contaminated or dug up.

So many people give up gardening because of wildlife competing for their food, so we’d like to explore how we can inspire more people to grow food and not get disheartened. Drop by and talk to us about gardening and the Planetary Health Initiative on Saturday 5th March during the Edible Garden Trail.

If you’d like to get involved in helping to restore the bushland on the site, join us for our exciting new Swampcare group that’s starting next Friday 25 February. Contact our Bushcare Officer, James Bevan as soon as possible for catering: jbevan@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

We’ll be implementing the Bradley Method at the site. You can watch a video about it here:

This is how we help restore planetary health … growing healthy food locally, regenerating and protecting Country, and growing community with beautiful life experiences like the one I experienced this afternoon, bathed in golden afternoon light.

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