Plantouts promise good food and music

Live music and good food will take centre stage at this year's series of Project Platypus Plantout events.

Ian Ellis making tree guards at the Project Platypus Plantout event at Elmhurst.

Ian Ellis making tree guards at the Project Platypus Plantout event at Elmhurst.

The Plantouts are an annual event, where Project Platypus calls on volunteers from near and far to help plant trees on local properties.

"This year, we have more than 18,000 trees to be planted as part of our annual revegetation program," Plantout organiser, David Margetson said.

"Getting this many trees planted wouldn't be possible without the help of Plantout volunteers.

"Volunteers are always rewarded with delicious wintry meals and this year we will be building on the success of last year by continuing to offer something special to our volunteers as a way of saying thank you.

"We're pleased to have Deirdre Baum from Laharum Grove return to Plantout. Deirdre will provide afternoon tea and dinner at Barkly, giving volunteers a chance to taste her gourmet cuisine.

"Volunteers can also indulge with some local wines provided by Frenchman's Valley vineyard."

Anyone who is into live music will enjoy the opportunity to hear Carus Thompson performing. Carus will be playing at the Crowlands Plantout on the Saturday night.

All planters have free entry to this live gig and for non-planters there is a cover charge of $20.

Mr Margetson said Project Platypus has the support of the Eco Grampians Youth Hostel to encourage backpackers, local and international, to get involved in the Upper Wimmera tree planting season.

This will give the backpackers an opportunity to have an alternative experience in the region.

He said the dance party theme also returns to be held at Norval.

Plantouts provide a rewarding and entertaining day out set amongst the beautiful landscapes provided by the region. All Plantouts are fully catered and there are jobs for all age groups and abilities.

Plantout weekends will be taking place on Saturday, June 28 at Pomonal, Sunday, July 20 at Barkly, Saturday, July 12 at Norval and Saturday, July 26 at Crowlands.

To register or for further details, visit the Project Platypus website www.platypus.org.au email cath@platypus.org.au or call Project Platypus on 5358 4410.

Project Platypus is a community based Landcare network working in the upper Wimmera Catchment supporting Landcare groups and landholders across the region to improve catchment health.

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