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Published 27 October 2020

About 17,000 native shrubs and trees have been planted in the past year to further enhance wildlife corridors along Dry and Cobbler creeks and the River Torrens Linear Park.

Revegetation involves planting trees and shrubs that would have been common in our city before it was developed.

A small selection of species from drier climates of South Australia has also been planted to  introduce climate change resilience into the plantings.

Our current focus is to reintroduce a shrub layer along our waterways to provide habitat and protection for small bird species, such as Superb Fairywrens, Pardalotes and Grey Fantails.

One of the very important roles of small birds is to keep insect species in check and protect plants such as Red Gums from attack.

Council’s biodiversity team focused on planting in mulched beds out of the creekline, while specialist contractors were employed to revegetate extensively closer to our creeks in Sherwood (Redwood Park), Kingfisher (Modbury Heights), Valley View (Valley View) and Tarni, Mowbray  Player (all in Fairview Park) reserves.

The plantings represent a $50,000 investment by Tea Tree Gully Council, including the purchase of plants, stakes and protective guards and employment of contractors for some of the planting.

Annual revegetation projects have been undertaken by the Council over a number of years in these corridors to enable wildlife to move through remaining open spaces and remnant bushland.

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