Bushcare and volunteer for nature

bushcare-header.png

Running for over 20 years, there are over 80 Bushcare groups and more than 800 registered volunteers who work in groups or individually to care for community land. We welcome individuals, families, community and corporate groups to get involved in protecting and preserving their local environment.  Help us as we work to restore and protect Ku-ring-gai’s extensive bushland.

There are opportunities for all skill levels and lifestyles and no prior experience required! Browse our range of programs below and see which one works best for you.

For information on any of the volunteering activities you can email the Bushcare team or call 9424 0179.

Programs

Bushcare

Parkcare

Streetcare

Corporate Volunteering

bushcare-thumb.pngBushcare 

Bushcare is a great example of how just one person or a group of people can make a very real difference to improving the environment. Groups meet regularly, usually once a month for two or three hours. Council provides equipment and on-site support, which includes hands-on training to cover appropriate Work Health & Safety information, effective weeding techniques, plant identification and site management. Ku-ring-gai Bushcare has its very own association to represent volunteers, the Ku-ring-gai Bushcare Association (KBA). They meet every second month to discuss issues that arise.

How do I join? 

Please email the Bushcare team and complete the Volunteer Registration Form (pdf. 100KB).

parkcare-thumb.pngParkcare

Funded by Council's Environmental Levy, Parkcare seeks to preserve and protect remnant native bushland in harmony with adjoining parkland. It also assists with minor landscaping works such as weeding and planting. Parkcare:

  • fosters community stewardship of local parkland
  • seeks to enhance habitat with the placement of nesting boxes where appropriate, and
  • connects new people in the local community.

Council support

Council and volunteers work together to agree goals and develop a site management plan. One of our qualified trainers works on-site supporting and training the volunteers. Council also provides key materials such as mulch, plants and, tools on loan.  We can also supply assistance with recruitment. To suggest and/or register a Parkcare site email the Bushcare team or call 9424 0179.

streetcare-thumb.pngStreetcare

Funded by Council's Environmental Levy, Streetcare builds on what is already happening informally as many residents maintain verges near, or adjacent to, their property. Council supports residents with realistic goals to improve their street scape. Streetcare encourages:

  • A sense of community spirit
  • community stewardship of local nature strips
  • healthy weed-free street scapes which may enhance property values.

Council support

Council works with the residents to set a goal then develop an action plan. Typically Streetcare projects are short term with most groups achieving their goal within 12 months. Each Streetcare site is allocated a Council officer who is present each time the group meets to offer guidance. Council provides native plants, mulch, specialist training and tools on loan. Why not get in touch and a Council representative will visit you to discuss your plans and ensure the street is both suitable and safe for a Streetcare project? email the Bushcare team or call 9424 0179.

corporate-volunteer-thumb.pngCorporate volunteering

We aim to engage your teams in activities that support the protection and revitalisation of our precious ecological communities while encouraging greater understanding of conservation. Corporate volunteers don’t need any bush regeneration experience – just a willingness to learn while exploring and restoring some of Ku-ring-gai’s extensive bushland.

We can arrange a day to suit your company’s time frame and team. Each team of 15 volunteers will be guided by qualified bush regenerators and Bushcare volunteers.

To arrange a day for your team email the Bushcare team or call 9424 0179.

A typical Bushcare Corporate Day schedule

  • 9am - team welcome, briefing and WH&S session.
  • 9.30am - start activities.
  • 11am - break for morning tea.
  • 11.15am - continue activities.
  • 1pm - lunch break.
  • 1.30pm - continue activities.
  • 2.30pm - pack up and thanks for coming.

What to wear

For personal protection, everyone working in bushland should wear long trousers, long sleeved shirt, sturdy closed toed shoes and hat.

What to bring

  • Gardening gloves, insect repellent eg. Bushmans or tropical strength Rid, sunscreen.
  • Thermos of hot water for tea or coffee, bottle of drinking water.
  • Morning tea and lunch.
  • A camera is a good idea for before and after photos and to let the people back in the office know what you got up to in the bush!
  • Tools will be provided.

Case studies

Deloitte had a great day helping with rehabilitation projects out at the Little Digger Track in Roseville.

Deloitte volunteer_square.jpg Volunteers at Little Digger Track.JPG

Life Healthcare had a day at the Wahroonga Waterways site clearing and planting with their team.

Life Healthcare.JPG

Wrigley's worked at Wahroonga Waterways and one participant had the following to say:

"It was great! We learned a lot and would definitely promote this program to other staff looking for volunteer work.

I thought we didn’t do much work yesterday but now, my back is a bit sore. I guess I was too excited yesterday."

Wrigley's.jpg  

Related documents

Stay up to date

Keep up with the latest environmental news, programs and events:

Subscribe to our monthly Sustainability E-news.

Download a pdf copy of the quarterly What’s On events calendar here.

SustainabilityCalendar_button.png

or request to receive by email.