Volunteer for nature


Running for over 20 years, there are over 700 registered volunteers who work in groups or individually to care for community land in Ku-ring-gai. 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.

How do I join in the fun? 

To register for any of the programs click the button below and complete our online contact form.

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Corporate volunteering

Community gardens




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.




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.





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 streetscape. 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? 


Community Gardens

Enjoy growing your own food and socializing with like-minded people at the Turramurra Lookout Community Garden or the West Pymble Community Garden.

Both gardens are looking for new members of all ages and backgrounds. If you are interested in growing your own food and are a beginner or an expert, join in the fun. You can work in the garden with others while you improve your gardening knowledge and often take home some fresh organic produce.  Walk through either garden at any time to see what is happening.



Turramurra Community Lookout Garden

Visit the Turramurra garden on a Saturday morning between 9am and 12noon to talk to members & try out the gardening experience.  You can volunteer to help out or register to manage your own plot. Visit Turramurra Community Garden to register.




West Pymble Community Garden

This garden has just been reinvigorated and they are keen to engage the local community as volunteers at this stage. You can register your interest to manage a number of individual garden plots which are arriving soon.They are hoping to introduce regular working bees soon as well.

Contact West Pymble Community Garden to register as a volunteer or inquire.


Corporate 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.

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 in Roseville and said the following:

"Impact Day is a favourite on the Deloitte calendar with more than half our people taking up the opportunity to volunteer. This year, a group of 15 volunteered to assist Bushcare in restoring bushland along Little Digger track, by removing exotic plants. We had an amazing day learning about the native fauna and flora and the importance of maintaining the track as a thriving space for native species."

Deloitte volunteer  

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


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."


Normac St Streetcare

This group have been working diligently to improve the biodiversity of their street in Roseville. Active since 2007, they have received Environmental Levy Grants in 2012, 2013 and 2018 to support their projects. From engaging contractors to removing smothering weeds in the tree canopy, completely stopping bushland dumping issues and improving the streetscape with large sandstone boulders. They are supporting natural regeneration of native species and in turn supporting our native wildlife. Thanks to Carol Glasson, Bob Failes and the team.


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