The Tennyson Dunes are one of the last remaining remnants of a tertiary dune system on the metropolitan coast as such they are significant locally and regionally. They contain some 56 native plant species and host a variety of wildlife. Their protection and preservation is important to the City of Charles Sturt.
The concept of the Tennyson Dunes Native Plants Trail was first developed by Greecorp in 2004. The concept being to showcase native plants in their natural environment.
With this iteration of the trail and brochure we have gone further highlighting some of the uses our local coastal plants might have in a domestic garden.
The Trail meanders through the Tennyson Dunes and is punctuated by bollards that detail the name of the plant and show a small etching of an identifiable feature on the plant. All the bollards are numbered and coincide with the numbered brochure available on this website:
There are interpretive signs situated at strategic locations through the dunes. The signs provide more information on dunal concepts. These signs were developed in conjunction with the Marine Discovery Centre.
The City of Charles Sturt works closely with community groups including schools, revegetating and preserving the biodiversity we have left.
One of those areas is our coastal dunes. Teaching the students to value this environment is important if we are going to retain these areas and their biodiversity for the future. Each year the Council works with different schools planting and weeding along the coast and River Torrens, encouraging students to learn about their environment and hopefully having fun.
While out with the children from West Lakes Shore Primary we were visited by the Channel 10 Totally Wild crew. They were really interested in what we were planting and the purpose. They filmed the kids planting and talking about the specific adaptations some of our coastal plants have. You can view the episode here: