TAFE LCMA Nursery management course a big hit

Doing some field work at the Company Dam Flora and Fauna Reserve during the recent  TAFE Course were (l/r): Pam Livingstone, Mark Shortis (Weddin Landcare Support Officer), Pat Soley, Oriel Draffin, Desiree Bottelier, Bill White, Durk Lavers (obscured) and course presenter Sue Wakefield.A total of eighteen people from our local community recently attended a course at TAFE Western’s Grenfell College  to learn about all aspects of nursery management. The six-day course was conducted over a four week period and provided an introduction to nursery activities required to operate the Weddin Community Wildplant Nursery. The nursery is based at the TAFE Western’s Grenfell College. As course participants, we received training in native plant identification, basic botany, seed collection and processing, and propagation. A plan of the nursery site was also produced.
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Everyone enjoyed the field outings to Company Dam Flora and Fauna Reserve where we were able to experience the beauty and diversity of our local native plants and begin to put names to them.

Course participant Pam Livingstone remarked, “The course was excellent for raising awareness of local plant species.

The presentation was very practical and we all enjoyed the ‘hands on’ activities.” Chris Dodd said “Having just completed the course, I am impressed by the information that was available to us and have realised just how much more I have to learn.”

All participants were keen to continue with training and we now have confirmation that TAFE Western will run a Certificates II and III in Conservation and Land Management in Semester 2 at the Grenfell College.

The course will be held two days per fortnight from August to November and will provide a greater range of subjects, in more detail, and will include units relevant to our nursery activities. Participants successfully completing either course will be able to:

* assist Weddin Community Wildplant Nursery as a volunteer

* seek employment in the natural resources management sector

* continue to further study in Conservation and Land Management

The course is open to anyone who would like to attend. If you would like further details, please contact TAFE Western’s Brian Johnson at the Grenfell College  on 6349 1000 or email [email protected]

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