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.
Each year Bidjiwong Community Nursery offers residents of the Hills Shire 4 Free plants (native to The Hills Shire) for their yards.
To collect your 4 free plants visit Bidjiwong Community Nursery on any Saturday between 9am and 1pm.
To organise collection outside of the Saturday opening hours please call the Community Nursery on +61 2 9843 0555.
Phone: +61 2 9843 0555
Fax: (02) 9686 7415
Open to Public: 9am to 1pm every Saturday (By appointment at other times).
Location: Ted Horwood Reserve, Renown Road, Baulkham Hills.
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.
Volunteering at the Community Nursery
Due to the current circumstances with regards to the Coronavirus and as a safety precaution all bushcare and nursery volunteering in The Hills will be postponed until further notice.Advice about the resumption of regular Bushcare and Community Nursery activities will be updated as the situation changes.
Volunteers receive training and experience in all aspects of nursery work including seed saving, propagation of indigenous plants and Work Health and Safety.
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.
The Permaculture Sydney West Seed Saving Group meets here 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.