What is Bushcare?

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Bushcare is Council's program of restoration of bushland reserves by volunteers.

Volunteers are involved in looking after the native bush, plant identification, fauna monitoring, weed control and seed collection for propagation at the Community Nursery.

What other bushcare related activities can I become involved in?

Volunteers can also become involved in other activities such as:

Bushland Conservation Committee

The Bushland Conservation Committee is a group of volunteers that come together once a month to look at what is happening in bushland reserve around the council area; they put written reports forward to council with recommendations on bushland areas, and support other community groups working for the environment.

For further information on how to become involved please call Council's Bushland Maintenance Coordinator on +61 2 9843 0562.

Community Nursery

Bidjiwong Community Nursery is managed by The Hills Shire Council. It is a place where volunteers can learn about native flora of The Hills Shire. Participate in propagation and attend environmental workshops.

Bidjiwong Community Nursery produces native plants for Councils revegetation projects, the Shire's Parks and Reserves, Citizenship and residential give aways.

The Community nursery is open to the public every Saturday between 9am and 1pm.

Permiculture garden

Within the community nursery compound we have a community garden. The purpose of this garden is to grow a variety of herbs and vegetables and allowing them to go to seed. The seed is then distributed throughout the seed savers network and the permiculture groups throughout Sydney.

We also run different workshops on the fourth Saturday of each month. Some of these include worm farming, soils, seed cleaning and storage, and composting. Anyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun.

Workshops

Council runs a variety of Environmental Workshops for those interested in bushcare and the environment.

Environmental Activities

Council's environmental team also runs different events in which volunteers can get involved in. These include Stream watch, wildlife monitoring and the Environment Centre at Annangrove Park, Annangrove Road, Annangrove.

 

Who can become involved in Bushcare?

Bushcare is open to all age groups. Children under the age of 18 need to be supervised by a guardian. All group sites have a site supervisor to report to, where they will carry out an on site induction.

To become involved:

 

Corporate groups and other groups

We encourage other large groups to get together for a day and volunteer, this can be on the weekend or during the week. For businesses, churches, scout or guide groups or even sporting clubs it is a great opportunity to come together as a team, work outside and try something completely different.

 

Why get involved? 

There are many reasons to become involved in bushcare:

  • Meeting like minded people within the community
  • A sense of personal achievement
  • Improving the environment in which we all live
  • Improving property values and reducing fire risk
  • Providing a better habitat for wildlife

 
For more information and registration forms visit our Bushcare Groups page.