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Community Garden Workshop Focus on Fruit Trees

Learning is Fun at the Denmark Community Garden

At the Denmark Community Garden workshop on Saturday 20th July,  local garden expert, Neal Collins, shared his knowledge on how to grow fruit bearing trees and bushes.

Twelve people attended the event, held at the newly established Denmark Community Garden, which is a collaborative project between Green Skills and the Denmark CRC.

People interested in joining workshops and other activities at the Garden can register with Green Skills Denmark  .. email at [email protected]

Neal Collins demonstrating helpful tips on how to plant a Mulberry at the Denmark Community Garden.


Preparing a range of bushes and herbs for planting at the Denmark Community Garden

The new Denmark Community Garden coordinated by Green Skills slowly taking shape


Trinity College joins in Cranbrook Planting

Monday 22nd July 2019

Volunteer University Students help plant out landcare sites

A team from Trinity Residential College at the UWA joined in a two day program of tree planting for habitat restoration on a farm near Cranbrook on the 18th and 19th July 2019.

The team of eight, led by College head, Mike Shearer, planted 6500 native trees and shrubs on two sites on the Williamson farm, north of Cranbrook. Trinity College had grown 4000 of these trees as part of their landcare effort.Other trees came through Katanning Landcare, Habitat Nursery in Denmark, and through North Stirling Pallinup NRM.

The team worked with Green Skills’ Basil Schur, and the Gillamii Centre’s Freyer Spencer, on the project. They were able to stay three nights in a spare homestead on the Walsh family farm.

Volunteer team of Uni students from Trinity College planting a habitat restoration site on the Williamson Farm, Cranbrook with Green Skills and Gillamii


Volunteer team of Uni students from Trinity College help clean up planting equipment after a day with Green Skills and Gillamii

Ian Walsh, Cranbrook farmer, speaking to Freya Spencer of Gillamii and some of the team from Trinity College, This tree planting project helps provide a valuable experience for city based uni students, several of whom from overseas. The Walsh family kindly hosted the team in one of their homesteads during the event.

For further information, contact Basil Schur at Denmark Greens Skills on [email protected]

Balijup Fauna Citizen Science Report released

In March 2019 , Green Skills completed a State 2 project for the Balijup project aimed to build community capacity in the eco-restoration of the 919ha Balijup property near Tenterden with its Fauna Sanctuary (a 111ha fenced feral predator free exclosure into which Quenda (Southern Brown Bandicoots) and Coomarl (Brush tailed possums) have been successfully established) Green Skills has partnered with Conservation Council of WA Citizen Science team, other groups, property owners and many volunteers in community capability building in terms of eco-restoration, feral animal control, and citizen science community research into native fauna recovery. installation and monitoring of more than 35 Phascogale nesting boxes, research into feral animal baiting and further fauna research and monitoring on Balijup.

The project facilitated improvements to the capacity of both Green Skills and Conservation Council, and their key project staff, to plan and execute fauna and environmental monitoring at Balijup. It also provided hands on practical experience to over 30 volunteers, several of whom were university graduates or current undergraduates very keen to get hands on experience with fauna trapping and environmental monitoring. Green Skills was able to gain a lot more knowledge  and technical capability in relation to implementing a Brush tailed Phascogale conservation project. Important progress has been made in developing the foundation for implementing a feral animal control program at Balijup.

The Feb 2019 report is down loadable in a small size file at uploads/2019/03/Balijup-Citizen-ScienceReport-Green-Skills-February-2019-SmallFile.pdf

or high resolution version at uploads/2019/03/Balijup-Citizen-Science-Report-Green-Skills-February-2019-Large-File.pdf

Future proposed priorities for the Balijup Citizen Science progranm t include 1) Ongoing camera monitoring 2) Further cage trapping program events 3) Ongoing monitoring of Southern Heath Monitors within the Sanctuary and relocation of some of these 4) Control of rabbits and Kangaroos within the Sanctuary 5) Ongoing monitoring of the Sanctuary fence and maintenance of the firebreaks 6) Ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the phascogale boxes and development of further research. 7) Ongoing monitoring of the other phascogale nesting boxes on three properties. 8) Other vegetation, bird and wetland monitoring both within the Sanctuary and Balijup property. 9) Further development of a feral baiting program for the whole of Balijup property.

This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program, supported by Royalties for Regions.  

Green Skills’ Balijup, Biodiversity and wetland conservation activities have also received support from the Parks and Wildlife Service of the  WA Department of Conservation, Biodiversity and Attractions, Bush Heritage Australia, The University of WA (Albany),  and  Conservation Council of WA. The Feb 2019 citizen science event formed part of the South Coast Festival of Birds & Biodiversity, which was supported by Lotterywest, BirdLife Australia and Green Skills.

Balijup Citizen Science Report-February 2019


Denmark Community Garden Holds Successful Second Workshop

The new Denmark Community Garden held its second organic garden workshop on the 13th April 2019 attended by 11 people.

Neal Collins shared his enthusiastic knowledge about organic food growing. 5 raised beds were planted out with herbs and winter vegetables.

Much fun and learning  was had by all at this Green Skills’s event.

The next garden workshop will be at 2pm on Friday 26th April at the Denmark Community Garden, at the back of the Denmark CRC. All welcome.

THis communty garden is run by Green Skills, Thanks very much to Foundation For Rural and Regional Renewal, Denmark Community Windfarm Sustainability Fund, Denmark CRC, Thornton’s Mitre 10, Metroof, Denmark Supa IGA, Southern Edge Earth-moving, Great Southern Tree Care, Carl Dusenberg, Neal Collins,Graham Greenhalgh, Don Hunt, Katja Lamb, other volunteers and wwoofers,and everyone who has helped to get the new Garden this far.

for further i nformation contact  Denmark Green Skills  or Basil on [email protected]


Whale Shark, star of SunSmart Albany Kite Fiesta 2019

Whale Shark, star of SunSmart Albany Kite Fiesta

A whale shark, blue whale, frilled lizard and many other creatures and box kites, filled Albany’s skies last Sunday 24 March 2019. This brought joy to the many hundreds of people including children, adults and the young of heart who came down to join in the fun.

Thanks to Healthway for sponsoring this SunSmart event, to Michael and Jan Alvares of Kite Kinetcs, the City of Albany, to the McCullan clan (Kristi, John, Evi, Shanit), Basil Schur,David McNamara, Rachel Pontin, Anne Sparrow and everyone else at Green Skills for helping making this event happen.