Little Lifts Autumn 2018

Berry, NSW

20 UTS students participated in our ”Little Lifts Trip” in the beautiful town of “Berry” for the 2nd time running. We departed UTS on Friday afternoon, arrived in the evening, and settled into our home for the weekend.

Saturday morning we began our project and were warmly welcomed by the genuine people of Berry Landcare. We were given an introduction, a brief overview, and our designated project for the day. Despite the unfavorable overcast weather of this day, our participants pulled through with a brilliant attitude to take on the tasks ahead of us. These tasks included, planting native plants and shrubs, renewing the plastic tree guards and stakes, pulling out weeds, and other general conservation duties within two properties of the “Berry Corridor”. During this day, our participants worked super efficiently in joint forces of 2-5 people per group to progress through the day. It was a long day for our participants, but with the smiles and all-round enthusiasm amongst all, it turned out to be a very fun and rewarding day.

For the night, we were invited to one of the locals of Berry Landcare for dinner. Students got to mingle with the town’s people during this night, enjoying a delicious range of homemade curry, served with rice, and salad. Seeing the towns people so engaged with a group of students was so fascinating and heartwarming. Learning about each of their lifestyles, experiences in life, and different adventures were all so special and interesting to hear. The setting, and welcomed hospitability of our host and the colleagues of Berry Landcare was a much-cherished experience.

Sunday morning, we took our services onto another property of Berry Corridor. Our given tasks were the same as the previous day with less in demand. With much more familiarity with the tasks, better weather conditions, and easier grounds to cover, we finished the task shorter than expected.

With the remaining time that we had, the locals of Berry Landcare gave us a lovely tour of the bush care environment, giving us an insight of the environment, the conditions, and the importance of conservation for the native animals in Berry Corridor.

In the afternoon, we headed back with much delight, and so much to take from, from the lovely people of Berry Landcare. It was a joyful learning experience, and an opportunity to collaborate, and connect with our philosophy of “paying it forward” with new-formed friendships over this weekend. As a society we felt that the relationship with the Berry community will only grow from here.

The warm hearts, and engagement of the Berry people was very much felt by all of us who took part of this trip.

Seiki Okuma