Bidjiwong Community Nursery

About The Nursery

Bidjiwong Community Nursery produces local native plants for its re-vegetation projects in the shire’s parks and reserves and also runs a small permaculture garden.

While the Nursery does not sell plants, residents are welcome to four free plants for their yards per year (all other plants at the nursery are grown for Council projects).

The nursery is managed by The Hills Shire Council and is a place where volunteers can learn about the native flora of The Hills Shire, participate in propagating native plants and attend environmental workshops.


 

Free Nursery Plants - Click & Collect

Each year Bidjiwong Community Nursery offers residents of the Hills Shire 4 FREE plants per year for their property. These plants are native to Australia and local to the Hills Shire, which makes them suitable to our conditions, soil and local wildlife. When the plants grow, they also provide great shade canopy for residents and the community.

Hills residents can now make an online request to be contacted for a future scheduled date where they can choose their four free plants (per calendar year) from a limited selection. Please join our waiting list using the form link below. Council will contact you via email when giveaway days are scheduled with information on how to pick up your plants contact free at the nursery entrance at the allocated time. 

Click here to sign up to the Plant Giveaway Waiting List

 


Contact Information

Phone: +61 2 9843 0555 

Open to Public: By appointment only.

Location: Ted Horwood Reserve, Renown Road, Baulkham Hills.


 

Volunteering at the Community Nursery

Volunteers receive training and experience in all aspects of nursery work including seed saving, propagation of indigenous plants and Work Health and Safety.

Volunteering is available Thursdays and Fridays 9am – 3pm, Saturdays 9am – 2pm and every 4th Sunday 9am - 1pm. It is not necessary to stay for the entire duration - whatever time you can give is deeply appreciated.

Activities include:

  • Propagation
  • Potting Up
  • Weeding
  • Washing Pots
  • Filling Plant Orders
  • Seed Cleaning

Register as a volunteer here

Please note: Nursery volunteering positions are available for Saturdays and the 4th Sunday of the month. Places are also available for Thursday and Friday Volunteering.

Safety

When attending the nursery, please use our QR code to check in (or on our iPad if you do not have access). We also have hand sanitiser at the gate.

Please bring all your own cutlery, mugs, crockery etc. Hot water, tea and coffee will be provided.

Activities will be organised so that social distancing can be observed.

 

Facilities

Community nursery facilities include a volunteer meeting room with kitchen and adjoining pergola, administration room, seed room, tool shed, potting up area, propagation igloos, shade-house, open growing areas - some with benches, automatic watering system and an artificial wetland constructed for filtering nutrients from water.

A small community garden has recently been constructed where volunteers can learn about organic gardening techniques, permaculture and sustainable living through green-waste recycling, composting and worm farming.

 

Seed Propagation

In order to preserve the genetic integrity of the local flora, seed is collected from naturally occurring indigenous species and its provenance is recorded in a database for future reference.

Seeds are then either stored in the seed bank or made available for propagation by staff or volunteers at the community nursery. Seedlings are subsequently planted back in the bush. 

Please Note this group has not yet resumed:

The Permaculture Sydney West Seed Saving Group usually meets on every fourth Saturday of the month from 9am - 1pm (except December and January). Please contact Annette Jones on 0409 033 157 or go to the Permaculture Sydney West website for further information.

 

You will also find further information about the Bushcare Volunteer Program here or phone Council's Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0555.