New network connecting green thumbs

1 September 2022|Community News| Off Comments off on New network connecting green thumbs|

COMMUNITY planting initiative the Understorey Network is connecting local green thumbs to address a native plant shortage.

After being on hold for five years, the Understorey Network will re-launch its popular growers scheme after receiving a Community Action Grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF).

The scheme will connect like-minded people across regional and urban communities through learning and sharing the satisfaction of growing native plants in their backyards.

The Understorey Network now runs a community-based nursery at Tolosa Reserve in Glenorchy. Entirely run by volunteers, the nursery has the capacity to produce about 15,000 native tubestock each season.

Understorey Network volunteer Anne Griffiths said the growers scheme is ideally suited to keen gardeners who want to actively support the environment from the comfort of their own home.

“The Understorey Network aims to promote Tasmania’s smaller native plants, so often overlooked in revegetation planting and which are integral to putting back good habitat for birds, insects and other animals,” she said.

“It is our hope that the growers scheme educates the general public on how they can support our unique ecology cycle.”

The $35,000 grant from the TCF will allow the Understorey Network to appoint a new Project Manager who will support the volunteers who join the growers scheme.

“By appointing a new Project Manager, we will be able increase the number of plants sold at the nursery and provide an extra income stream, ensuring its long- term financial viability,” Understorey Network volunteer Amanda Cole said.

TCF Chair Sally Darke said the Understorey Network is just one of 23 projects supported by this year’s Community Action Grants.

“We know the Fund is a significant source of support for grassroots activities in the state and in this round we were impressed with the passion, innovation and hard work of the many volunteers and leaders driving these projects,” Ms Darke said.

“We are particularly pleased with the Understory Network’s model that uses the sales of plants to sustainably fund themselves.

“Improving the wellbeing of Tasmanians is something the TCF strives to achieve, and we look forward to seeing how these projects will have a positive effect on their communities.”

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