Nursery invites community to open day

Wendy Payne and Volunteer Bill resize

The City of Greater Geraldton Community Nursery is sprouting successfully with an abundance of seedlings since relocating to new premises at Waggrakine six months ago.

A community open day is planned for Sunday March 23 for everyone to visit see what goes on at the plant nursery.

The nursery provides the space to propagate seeds collected by community groups and individuals from local native plant species that suit local soils and climate.

City Natural Areas Officer, Wendy Payne, said the open day is to show the community where the nursery is currently at and to encourage more people’s involvement.

“Volunteering at the Community Nursery is relaxing and fun, not to mention that you are constantly working alongside people who have the same enthusiasm and interests as you,” she said.

“There are many jobs for those who wish to volunteer including pricking and potting as there is still much to do before planting season in June.”

Although the nursery has a total capacity to hold up to 200,000 seedlings, the City aims to plant 10,000 to 20,000 seedlings this year.

Ms Payne said thanks to community groups, volunteers and Durack Institute of Technology the nursery is growing fast.

“We have planted 10,000 seedlings already in the new shade house, that’s almost the half-way mark of our aim,” she said.

The open day is from 9.30am to 12.30pm with a morning tea provided. Those wanting to participate are requested to bring a hat, water, wear long sleeves and enclosed shoes.

For more information contact the City’s Sustainability Team on (08) 9956 6600 or email to