Leschenault Community Nursery celebrate 25 years

Leschenault Community Nursery will celebrate 25 years since it first began this weekend. Chair Brendan Kelly said he was excited about the milestone moment for the organisation. 

"It's an outcome that probably nobody foresaw," he said.

"It just goes to show that when community get together and have a system, they can last a long time - we've had a lot of people put a lot of effort in over the years."

The nursery was originally founded with the desire to provide plants to farmers to revegetate their properties and from there it blossomed. 

"One of our major missions is to provide plants of South West provenance for revegation - healing the earth after many years of clearing and not a lot of care," Mr Kelly said.

The nursery can have more than 200,000 plants at one time, which includes over 250 native varieties.

"We boast we've got the toughest plants in the South West because we don't mollycoddle them," Mr Kelly said. 

"The market goes from a backyard lot right through to a mine site, farmers, small land owners - we like to think that we cater for everybody.

"We want to be able to provide native vegetation to people who are wanting to do something either in the garden or on the mine site for as long as we can."

Manager Kim Rossiter said it was a privilege to be part of the nursery and the anniversary celebrations would be about recognising the countless volunteers and contributors over the years. 

"The anniversary is an exciting event because it's quite an achievement for any organisation to persevere and flourish for such a length of time," she said.

"It will also be a celebration looking to our future, building on the support we provide to our community in propagating local native vegetation for landowners, environmental events and rehabilitation projects.

"The beauty about our nursery is that we have such a diverse group of people and we've got volunteers who have been here over a decade and some that have just started a couple of weeks ago - they all come for different reasons but they all have the same passion."