Speed planting: dating trend for green singles

Landcare Singles Day participant Ailee Calderbank hopes friendship will bloom on September 1 at Rose Valley. Picture: KIRK GILMOURAilee Calderbank isn’t into speed dating, but speed planting is another story.

She is among up to 50 environmentally conscious singles joining Landcare’s first foray into the region’s “dating for a cause” scene next month.

Instead of meeting at a bar over a drink, singles will congregate at Rose Valley, Gerringong, and share conversation while helping bush regeneration.

Organiser Megan Rowlatt said participants would be grouped according to age and given seedlings to plant, and questions to encourage conversation, not that prompting should be necessary in the relaxed atmosphere created by planting.

“It loosens people up and they sort of lose themselves in what they’re doing,” she said.

About half the 50 intended participants have registered for the September 1 event.

Ms Calderbank, 52, of Gerringong, said she was not focused on finding a partner but on meeting like-minded people.

“When you’re single, you really want to hang out with other single people just for the company, because people in couples don’t go out very often and they don’t invite you to dinner parties very often,” she said.

“I’ve never been to any singles thing ever but, because it’s Landcare … everything they run is worthwhile.”

Registrations can be made at [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训 or 0412 532 817, before August 29. The seed planting starts at 11am, and the after-party at 5pm.

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