Join a Bushcare Group

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Bushcare volunteers take on the vital role as protector of our fragile bushland environment, preserving natural flora and fauna and removing that which can be harmful to its future. For any bushcare volunteer it's definitely a hands-on role.

To join a bushcare group listed below, or for any further information regarding bushcare, contact Council's Bushcare Officer on +61 2 9843 0555, email council-enviro@thehills.nsw.gov.au or complete an online volunteer application form.

 

Below is a list of bushcare/landcare groups and related organisations who are involved in bushland management activities on public and private land in The Hills Shire.

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. 

Annangrove Park Bushcare Group - Annangrove

Annangrove Park is unique in that it contains a number of different vegetation communities including the Critically Endangered Ecological Communities;  Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest and Shale Sandstone Transition Forest. There are also a number of threatened plant species found within this reserve and an uncommon and very interesting hanging swamp.

Location: The group meets on the second Sunday of each month at the Community Environment Centre.

Meeting Time: 9am – 12 Noon

Annie Prior/Holland Road Bushcare Group - Glenhaven

The Annie Prior and Holland Road Reserve Bushcare group does not function anymore. However if there are any interested parties who would like to reform this group, it can restart. Both these reserves are located in Glenhaven and contain the Critically Endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest.

Annie Prior Reserve is a small reserve containing Shale Sandstone Transition Forest. This small reserve is in good condition and contains some historic ruins.

Holland reserve is set in Sydney Sandstone Ridge-top Forest. There is a short loop track around the top of the ridge with the most stunning array of wildflowers in late winter, these vary from orchids, endangered species to rare in the area species. This area is a must see.

Due to the excellent condition that the surrounding bushland is in this site would be great to start up again.

Location: The group alternates location between Annie Prior and Holland Road on the third Sunday of each month. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the correct location that month.

Meeting Time: 1pm – 4pm

Bella Vista Farm Park Bushcare Group - Bella Vista

The Bella Vista Farm Bushcare Group works within a remnant of Critically Endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland adjacent to the historic Bella Vista Farm.

Location: The group meets at Elizabeth Macarthur Drive or along Westwood Way , Bella Vista on the third Sunday of each month. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the exact location each month.

Meeting Time: 9am – 12pm

Bellamy Farm Reserve Bushcare Group - West Pennant Hills

The Bellamy Farm Bushcare Group work in Bellamy Farm Reserve, West Pennant Hills. This group is working within a remnant of Blue Gum High Forest, which is listed as Critically Endangered, along an unnamed tributary which flows into Darling Mills Creek.

Location: The group meets at Isobell Ave, West Pennant Hills on the first Sunday of each month.

Meeting Time: 1pm – 4pm

Bellbird Creek Bushcare Group- West Pennant Hills

The Bellbird Creek Bushcare Group work in George Thornton Reserve, West Pennant Hills in a remnant of Critically Endangered Blue Gum High Forest.  The site is bounded by residential development on its sides and the creek at the bottom.

Location: The group meets the second Sunday of each month at the entrance to George Thornton Reserve on Coonara Avenue.

Meeting Time: 8am – 11am

Bidjiwong Community Nursery - Baulkham Hills

Bidjiwong Community Nursery propagates and grows plants for Council’s bushland reserves, special projects and resident giveaways. More information on the Bidjiwong Community Nursery is available here.

Location: The group meets at Ted Horwood Carpark, off Renown Road, Baulkham Hills every Saturday of the month.

Meeting Time: 9am – 1pm

Blue Gum Creek Reserve - Annangrove

Blue Gum Creek Reserve contains the vegetation community of Cattai Alluvial Tall Forest. This group has been working along the edge of the creek removing weeds such as Privet and Honeysuckle. The regeneration occurring in the cleared areas has been remarkable.

Location: The group meets at Blue Gum Creek Reserve on Blue Gum Road, Annangrove on the first Saturday of each month. Parking is available through the entrance to the fire trail. The site can also be accessed from O'Keefe Road with parking at the end of the cul-de-sac (10 minute walk down the fire trail towards Blue Gum Road).

Meeting Time: 2pm - 4pm

Castle Hill Heritage Park Bushcare Group

Castle Hill Heritage Park is located 2km north of Castle Hill Town Centre. Castle Hill Heritage Park is approx 21ha in size, in a west facing valley. It is the location of the Third Convict Farm and Asylum.

The Hills Shire Council has an ongoing commitment towards the rehabilitation of the Critically Endangered Blue Gum High Forest within the park.Castle Hill Heritage Park is located 2km North of Castle Hill Town Centre. Castle Hill Heritage Park is approx 21ha in size, in a west facing valley. It is the location of the Third Convict Farm and Asylum.

The Hills Shire Council has an ongoing commitment towards the rehabilitation of the Critically Endangered Blue Gum High Forest within the park.

Location: The group meets the fourth Sunday of each month in the middle of the reserve; drive in through Banks Road and along the path. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the exact location for that month.

Meeting Time: 9am - 12Noon

Christmas Bush Creek Bushcare Group

The group is working in an area containing Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest and Critically Endangered Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest. The site is bounded by Cross Street, Cary Street and Candowie Crescent. Before the group started work, the area was a solid wall of small leaf and large leaf privet, with a canopy of Balloon vine, Madeira vine, Jasmine and a giant Coral tree in the corner on a difficult slope.

Location: The group meets the fourth Saturday of each month outside the entrance to reserve opposite the shops. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the exact location for that month.

Meeting Time: 9am – 12Noon

Connelly Way Bushcare Group

Connelly Way is located within the Cattai Creek Conservation Area Reserve, in Kellyville containing the ecological communities Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest and the Critically Endangered Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest  This group has been removing the Privet, weedy vines and annual weeds and replanting in areas of low resilience. There have also been sightings of the Powerful Owl, which is listed as Vulnerable State legislation.

Location: The group meets the third Saturday of each month in the bushland section at the bottom of Connelly Way. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the exact location for that month.

Meeting Time: 12Noon - 3pm

Crane Road Reserve Bushcare Group

Crane Road Reserve is located in Castle Hill. This group is working along Bidjigal Creek in an area of Blue Gum High Forest which is listed as a Critically Endangered Ecological Community. This group has been clearing weeds from along the creek-line and replanting in areas of low resilience.

Location: The group meets the first Saturday of each month at Maybush Way, Castle Hill.

Meeting Time: 1pm - 4pm

Crescent Reach Bushcare Group - South Maroota

Crescent Reach Reserve is located at the end of Charcoal Road in South Maroota. It contains the vegetation communities Sandstone Ridgetop Woodland, Sandstone Gully forest and the endangered River-flat Eucalyptus Forest. Due to its heritage values, only hand weeding and passive maintenance is permitted in this reserve.

Location: The group meets at the end of Charcoal Road, South Maroota on the first Sunday of every other month. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the exact location for that month.

Meeting Time: 9am – 12pm

Crestwood Bushcare Group - Baulkham Hills

The Crestwood Bushcare Group work along Toongabbie Creek in Sophia Doyle Reserve, Baulkham Hills within a remnant of Critically Endangered Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest. This group is making its way along the creek removing weeds, allowing for native regeneration.

Location: The group meets at Warumbui Ave, Baulkham Hills on the third Saturday of each month.

Meeting Time: 9am – 12pm

Currawong Reserve Bushcare Group

Currawong Reserve is located in West Pennant Hills. The group is working in an area of Blue Gum High Forest which is listed as a Critically Endangered Ecological Community under both State and Federal legislation.  This reserve contains Powerful Owl habitat as well. This group has been removing the Privet and other weed vines and annual, allowing for native regeneration to occur.

Location: The group meets the third Sunday of each month at the cleared area of Currawong Reserve in Bellamy Farm Road. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the exact location for that month.

Meeting Time: 8am – 11am

Darling Mills Bushcare Group - West Pennant Hills

The Darling Mills Bushcare Group works within Shale Sandstone Transition Forest and Sandstone Gully Forest near the junction of Blue Gum Creek and Darling Mills Creek in West Pennant Hills. This group is working along the creek-line removing weeds, allowing for native regeneration.

Location: The group meets at the the junction of Darling Mills Creek and Blue Gum Creek at the causeway in North Rocks on the second Sunday of each month. Access site from the end of Heidi Place, West Pennant Hills.

Meeting Time: 1pm – 4pm

Elizabeth Chaffey Bushcare Group

This group works in an area of Sandstone Gully Forest between the properties along Windarra Place and Cattai Creek. They have been removing weeds and planting in areas of low resilience.

Location: This group meets behind the houses of Windara Place. Entry to reserve from Kings Road or Lomandra Circuit on the first Sunday of each month.

Meeting Time: 8am – 11am

Ellerman Park Bushcare Group - Round Corner

Ellerman Park contains a remnant of Sydney Turpentine – Ironbark Forest, 2.12 hectares in size at Pellitt Lane, Round Corner-Dural. There are no creeks or major drainage lines located within this reserve.

This reserve was targeted for restoration due to the vegetation community of Sydney Turpentine –Ironbark Forest being listed as a Critically Endangered Ecological Community. There is very little Sydney Turpentine–Ironbark Forest reserved on public land that contains all stratum of vegetation (ground, mid and canopy).

Grants from the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) and the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority (HNCMA) have been utilised to restore Ellerman Park. 

Location: The group meets the third Sunday of each month at the Round Corner/ Dural Library. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the exact location for that month.

Meeting Time: 9am – 12noon

Eric Mobbs Reserve Bushcare Group

Eric Mobbs Reserve is located at the end of Excelsior Avenue. The Bushcare group has been working around the edge of the ovals and down to the creek. The area is well known for its walking tracks around the ovals and is the start of the walking tracks that go through Excelsior and Bidgjal Reserves. This reserve is also known to contain habitat and nesting hollows for the Powerful Owl which is listed as Vulnerable under State legislation.

Location: The group meets the fourth Sunday of each month at the amenities block at the end of Excelsior Avenue, Castle Hill. This group has a BBQ after each session. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the correct location for that month.

Meeting Time: 10am – 1pm 

Greenup Park Bushcare Group

Greenup Park is located close to the centre of Castle Hill, with the front entrance along Cecil Avenue. The group is working in Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest which is listed as critically endangered under both State and Federal legislation.

Location: The group meets the fourth Sunday of each month at the end of Francis Street. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the correct location for that month.

Meeting Time: 1pm – 4pm 

Kenthurst Park Bushcare Group - Kenthurst

Kenthurst Park Bushcare Group meets at Kenthurst Park, Kenthurst in an area of Sandstone Ridgetop Woodland around the sports fields. This reserve also contains a number of threatened plant species.

Location: The group meets at Kenthurst Park on Roughley Road, Kenthurst on the third Saturday of each month.

Meeting Time: 8am – 11am

Knightsbridge Bushcare Group - Castle Hill

The Knightsbridge Bushcare Group is presently inactive. They work in Castle Glen Reserve within an area of Critically Endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest. However if there are any interested parties who would like to reform this group, it can restart.

Location: The group meets near the baseball fields at Castle Glen Reserve Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill on the first Sunday of each month.

Meeting Time: 10am – 1pm

Maria Iori Bushcare Group

Maria Iori Bushcare group is located on Mile End Road - Part of the site which the group is looking after is under power lines, therefore there are no trees in this community, and it has been classified as a modified heath. The group has been removing weeds and replanting this section of the reserve.

Location: The group meets the 1st Sunday of each month near the entrance of the reserve on Mile End road. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the correct location for that month.

Meeting Time: 9am - 12Noon

Mill Drive Bushcare Group - North Rocks

This group works in an area of Sandstone Gully Forest surrounding a mown field. The endangered Grey Headed Flying Fox, Dural Land Snail and vulnerable Powerful Owl have all been recorded in this area.

Location: On the Oval, behind Raine Avenue. You can access it from the end of Mill Drive down the fire trail. Please note that access to this site is quite steep. Please contact Council’s Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 to find out the exact location. This group meets on the third Sunday of the month.

Meeting Time: 1pm – 4pm

O’Regan Reserve Bushcare Group

O’Regan Reserve is located in Sydney Sandstone Gully forest. It is at the top of the Stevenson Creek Catchment in the Darling Mills Creek Catchment area. O’Regan Reserve bushcare group started as the result of a clean-up Australia Day project.

Location: The group meets the last Sunday of each month in Brodie Circle. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the exact location for that month.

Meeting Time: 9am - 12Noon

Oxlade Street Reserve Bushcare Group

The Oxlade Street Reserve Bushcare Group is working in a reserve that is situated between Cumberland Plain Woodland and Shale Sandstone Transition Forest, which are both listed as Critically Endangered. This group is helping maintain a planted area by removing weeds and infill planting, which will increase the connectivity between these two plant communities.

Location: The group meets at Oxlade Street Reserve, on Oxlade Street near Windon Ave, North Kellyville on the 1st Saturday of each month.

Meeting Time: 9am – 12pm

Rowanbrae Crescent Reserve Bushcare/Gardencare Group

This group maintains the garden area on either side of the cycleway along Rowanbrae Crescent by undertaking weed removal, spreading more mulch and replacing any lost plants.

Location: The group meets the first Saturday of each month at Rowanbrae Crescent Reserve.

Meeting Time: 2pm – 4pm

Sawmill Creek Bushcare Group

The Saw Mill Creek Bushcare group is working behind the houses in Chadworth Place and Munro Street, Baulkham Hills. The ecological communities that the group is working has been classified as Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest, Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest and Coastal Shale Sandstone Transition Forest.

Location: The group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the bushland behind Chadworth Place. Enter the site via the laneway at the end of Annette Place off Munro Street. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the exact location for that month.

Meeting Time: 1pm – 4pm

Sophia Doyle Reserve Bushcare Group

Sophia Doyle Bushcare group is working in mainly Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest and some Cumberland Plain Woodland, both of which are listed as Critically Endangered under both State and Federal legislation. This group has been working here for over 20 years and has transformed this part of the reserve from a Privet and Lantana forest to a remnant area of native vegetation.

Location: Sophia Doyle Bushcare Group work every Saturday and every Thursday of the week. Please call the Bushcare Office on +61 2 9843 0108 or +61 2 9843 0555 for the exact location for that month.

Meeting Time: 7am - 12Noon

 

Stevensons Creek Bushcare Group - Baulkham Hills

The Stevenson Creek Bushcare Group works in Excelsior Reserve within Sandstone Gully Forest along the creek line in Baulkham Hills. This area provides habitat for the Powerful Owl and Grey Headed Flying Fox which are both listed as Vulnerable under State legislation.

Location: The group meets at Cook Street, Baulkham Hills on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

Meeting Time: 1pm - 4pm.

Sunday Nursery Group

Bidjiwong Community Nursery propagates and grows plants for Council’s bushland reserves, special projects and resident giveaways. Activities include potting up, plant propagation and weeding.

Location: The group meets at Ted Horwood Carpark, off Renown Road, Baulkham Hills every fourth Sunday of the month.

Meeting Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

The Bush Track Bushcare Group - Glenhaven

The Bush Track Group works in Citadel Crescent Reserve within Sandstone Gully Forest along an unnamed tributary which flows into Cattai Creek in Glenhaven.

Location: The group meets at the corner of Linksley Ave and Timber Grove, Glenhaven on the second Sunday of each month.

Meeting Time: 10am – 12pm