What could gardeners in Hope possibly do to grow trees in fire-ravaged Australia?
They could raise money to send along to help grow native trees and shrubs — and they have.
The Hope Garden Club has raised almost $600 to help a member’s Australian cousin with a reforestation project. David Craker has set aside a portion of his Australian acreage to get seedlings started for his burned-out neighbours in Eagle Point, Victoria. When the time is right, they will be planted for local food, as well as shelter for insects and wildlife.
His cousin in Hope, Sylvia Bailey, encouraged her club to hold a silent auction event during their monthly meeting on March 4. They were supported by members of the Art Machine, who also donated items to be sold.
Bailey says one woman brought $60 to support the auction but was outbid. She donated the money anyway, helping bring the total to nearly $600.
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