The Ballina Environment Society started replanting the Lennox Headland in 1980, with the GeoLINK-Ballina Shire Council planting partnership starting in 2003. Now in its 16th year, the Lennox Head Tree Planting Day brings the local community together to plant native seedlings of littoral rainforest species to restore what was once present on the headland pre 1800s.
The species for the Headland restoration project were selected in consideration of the historical studies and include species such as tuckeroo, guioa, coastal banksia, three vein laurel, umbrella cheese tree, bleeding heart tree, coast wattle, jackwood, yellow kamala, lilly pilly, sweet and hairy pittosporum, pink bloodwood, brown kurrajong, beach birdseye, pink euodia, brown pine and brush cherry. In 2011, five rare coastal fontainea (fontainea oraria) seedlings, kindly provided by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA), were included in the planting.
The whole planting list combined, on achieving canopy formation, forms a littoral rainforest and becomes an endangered ecological community listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.
Over the past 15 years the event has had support from some 1,650 volunteers who planted almost 13,000 seedlings.
Join in on Friday 8 June from 9am to 12 noon. Trees, mulch, water and some tools will be supplied by Ballina Shire Council and the Lennox business community and volunteer groups have generously donated a barbecue and refreshments.
Remember to wear sun protection, closed shoes and bring digging tools if you own any.