Bushcare and volunteer for nature

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We welcome individuals, families, community and corporate groups to get involved in protecting and preserving their local environment. You will be supported by experienced Council staff, meet like-minded community members and learn new skills you can take back to your own garden. 

Help us as we work to restore and protect Ku-ring-gai’s extensive bushland, consisting of 158 bushland reserves. 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

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We have a growing number of active Bushcare groups in the Ku-ring-gai area who are supported by Council's Bushcare team. Bushcare volunteers work to remove weeds and restore degraded ecosystems.  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. Bushcare also provides an opportunity to meet with neighbours and like minded people.

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). The KBA committee meets every second month to discuss issues that arise and assists with various Bushcare activities. 

How do I join? 

We are always happy to welcome more people to join the almost 1,000 volunteers who - in groups or individually - care for community land. With over 80 Bushcare groups in the Ku-ring-gai area you are sure to find one close to you.

To join, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form  (pdf. 106KB) and return to the reply-paid address.

Bushcare events

Throughout the year we hold a number of Bushcare-specific training, talks and events. You can find a list of Bushcare events listed on our sustainability events page.

Environmental Trust's Private Land Conservation Grant Program

State Government is supporting protection of natural vegetation through Environmental Trust's Private Land Conservation Grant Program. Grant applications are due 15 April 2013 and are open for land owners who have committed their land for biodiversity protection.  See 'Related Documents' for more information. 

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Funded by Council's Environmental Levy, the Parkcare program 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. There are numerous benefits from the Parkcare program, it:

  • fosters community stewardship of local parkland
  • seeks to enhance habitat with the placement of nesting boxes where appropriate, and
  • is a great way to meet new people in your local community.

Council support

When a park is registered with Parkcare, 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.

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Funded by Council's Environmental Levy, the Streetcare program builds on what is already happening informally as many residents maintain verges near, or adjacent to, their property.

Through the Streetcare program Council supports residents with realistic goals to improve their streetscape. There are a number of benefits from undertaking a project through Streetcare:

  • it's a great way to meet your neighbours and create a sense of community spirit
  • it fosters community stewardship of local nature strips
  • it promotes healthy weed-free streetscapes which may enhance property values

Council support

When a nature strip becomes a Streetcare site, Council works with the residents to agree a goal then help develop an action plan to achieve it. 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 support and guidance. Council provides native plants, mulch, specialist training and tools on loan. Other support may involve printing flyers to assistance with recruiting more neighbours. 

So 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.

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Corporate volunteering is a relatively new initiative which aims to engage corporate volunteers 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, consisting of 158 bushland reserves, covering approximately 1,160 hectares. A hotbed of biodiversity, Ku-ring-gai is home to over 800 plant species and 690 fauna species. This is probably due to the variety of habitats found in the area, from mangrove mudflats to tall open forest. There are six endangered ecological communities in Ku-ring-gai which we strive to preserve for their unique character and habitat:

In 2014/5 over590,000m2 of bushland was regenerated. Our bushland regeneration program is complemented by the efforts of our passionate Bushcare volunteers. Ku-ring-gai Bushcare volunteer program has been running for over 20 years, there are over 80 groups and more than 800 registered volunteers who in groups or individually care for community land.

Ku-ring-gai Bushcare can arrange a corporate day to suit your company’s timeframe, date and team. We supply one qualified bush regenerator for each group of 15 volunteers and where possible will supplement the supervision with experienced Bushcare volunteers who will be able to guide and support your team.

A typical Bushcare Corporate Day Schedule

9.00 Team Welcome, briefing and WH&S session

9.30 Start activities

11.00 Break for morning tea

11.15 Continue activities

1.00 Lunch break

1.45 Continue activities

2.00 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 e.g. 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

Related documents

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