Visitors to this year’s Riverland Field Days learnt how to create a cooler, greener garden that will thrive in the local climate thanks to an interactive display supported by SA Water’s Community Partnerships Program.
Berri Barmera Landcare successfully showcased two large-scale models of a typical rural housing allotment, with one model representing a poor environmental design, while the other incorporated features such as rainwater tanks, low water use plants, mulches, shading, ground covers and screens.
Berri Barmera Landcare General Manager Sharon Schrapel said the stand received more than 1,000 visitors to the exhibition over two days with people provided an opportunity to explore a variety of sustainable gardening techniques.
“We shared information on water-efficient irrigation systems, eco-friendly composting methods and plants that grow happily in natural rainfall in arid and semi-arid areas,” Sharon said.
“We were positively overwhelmed by the questions we received and had industry experts on-hand to provide valuable insights and practical tips, empowering attendees to create their own environmentally-friendly gardens at home.
“If Riverland residents would like to discover more information on transforming their gardens into a waterwise sustainable environment, we encourage them to follow the Berri Barmera Landcare Facebook page.
"We are grateful for the support received from the SA Water Community Partnerships Program, which has allowed us to showcase practical solutions for sustainable living and inspire positive change within our local community."
SA Water's Manager of Brand and Community Marketing Kellie McDonald said supporting Berri Barmera Landcare was incredibly rewarding.
“Visitors to the exhibit were treated to a visually stunning display of environmentally-conscious gardening practices, aimed at inspiring individuals to adopt greener lifestyles in their home gardens,” Kellie said.
“This project is one of eight recipients from this year's program, which saw interest from community groups across regional and metropolitan South Australia all focused on involving the use of water for a sustainable and healthy South Australia.”
To see the full list of successful recipients from SA Water’s 2022-23 Community Partnerships Program, visit sawater.com.au.
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