Bush regeneration

By becoming involved in bush regeneration you will be helping to recreate this habitat and bring native animals back to your area. 

Bush-regenerationRestoration of natural lands in the urban environment also improves the visual appearance of your area promoting a 'green neighbourhood,' this then has the potential to add value to your property.

What is bush regeneration?

Bush regeneration is 'the rehabilitation of bushland, natural areas such as creeklines or even tracks of land degraded by human activities, to its natural state.'  Bush regeneration may also be necessary to control weed invasion and protect native plant communities.

The Bradley Sisters pioneered bush regeneration in New South Wales in 1971.  The sisters understood the importance of protecting natural areas from invasion of weed species by removing weeds and allowing for the natural re-growth of native species in the area.

Bush regeneration involves the systematic removal of weeds to allow native plants to naturally establish themselves, when and where they choose, without the need for new planting.

There are many benefits to being involved in bush regeneration, including:

  • Training in regeneration techniques
  • Meeting new people
  • Keeping informed on environmental issues
  • Enjoying BBQ's for participants.

By contributing to and facilitating healthy habitats, especially beside creeks, you will be promoting cleaner waterways and the reduction of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.  This ultimately contributes to your own healthy, pollution-free lifestyle (not to mention the exercise you get when helping out!)

How do I get involved?treeplantingphoto

If you are interested in your local natural areas, you've already taken the first step by reading this information.  From this point you can:

The amount of time you contribute will be based on your lifestyle.

If you would like more information on how to get involved contact Council's Sustainable Environment Team on 1300 36 2170.

Important points

In the Liverpool local government area, it is preferred to plant species that are commonly found (local providence) within the Cumberland Plain or Coastal River Flat Forest vegetation communities, as these are the two vegetation types that naturally occur in the Liverpool area. Local species are those that are native to the area and occur within 15km of your planting site.

Three points to remember when carrying out a rehabilitation project are to:

  1. Retain - remnant native vegetation still surviving in the area
  2. Regenerate - where there is any potential for natural regeneration, using the native seed stored in the ground
  3. Replant - only where there is no regeneration potential, such as highly disturbed sites.

Why manage bushland?

Bushland management is necessary for the following reasons:

  • To maintain biodiversity
  • For educational purposes
  • For scientific purposes
  • To conserve Aboriginal heritage
  • To conserve European heritage
  • To protect and maintain fauna habitat
  • For aesthetics
  • To control erosion
  • To maintain and increase the genetic pool
  • For improved passive recreation e.g. birdwatching, fishing, bushwalking, jogging.

Volunteer bushcare training

The aim of Bushcare training is to provide volunteers with the skills and knowledge required to participate in our Environment Volunteer Program. 

At scheduled activity days the Environment Volunteer Supervisor will cover both the theory and practical components of bush regeneration with volunteers while working in the natural environment.

You will learn the skills to undertake bush regeneration activities correctly and how to work safely in bushland.

If you are interested in learning about Bushcare phone Council on 1300 36 2170.