Cove National Park Volunteer Bushcare Program
to become a volunteer
| What is Bush
| Why so many weeds | Ways
to help | Support for volunteers | Benefits
Lane Cove National
Park now has a thriving Bushcare Program running under the supervision
of a National Parks Bushcare Coordinator. There are groups currently
working on different days from every week to once a month. These
groups are working to overcome the deterioration of the bushland
in the Park due to the effects of urban development.
There has been
much native plant regeneration since the 1994 bushfires, but weeds
are also thriving in many areas, threatening to overcome new native
growth and eventually destroy the bushland. Volunteers receive training
and advice on regenerating the native bushland, and have the chance
to meet other locals with similar intersts, as well as learning
about the cultural and historical heritage of the park.
there's a group near you that you'd like to join.
a Bushcare volunteer
is not necessary. You will receive on-the-spot training and have
the opportunity to attend periodic workshops.
to join up
find out more about the Program or to join a group
is Bush Regeneration?
is the practice of restoring weed infested bushland to its native
state as far as possible based on minimal disturbance methods and
an understanding of the ecological processes involved.'
(Australian Association of Bush Regenerators)
are there so many weeds?
The Park is
bounded by approximately 2000 residences which present problems
- Urban stormwater
runoff polluting soils and waterways and carrying weed seed into
the river and creekside vegetation
- Excess nutrients
added to the system from overuse of fertiliser, runoff from gardens,
of grass clippings, garden refuse and building rubbish in the
Park or around its borders
- Garden escapes
- weed seeds carried by birds, water or wind into the bushland
carrying seeds on boots
can help in many different ways
- Bush regeneration
on one of the more than 30 sites where groups work, usually 3
hours at a time, on a regular basis. This may be weekly, fortnightly,
monthly, weekdays or weekends
of seed and propagation of plants in the Park's nursery
- Admin duties
with the Program's co-ordinator
Bushcare Program is recognised as an integral part of the Lane Cove
National Park Plan of Management.
cover with the Park's Volunteer Policy
assistance with planning of projects, site assessment and management
- loan of
native plants for replanting projects
parks access passes
are required to adhere to the policies of the Lane Cove National
Park Plan of Management.
for the volunteer
- A chance
to make a positive difference to our environment
- New friends
with similar interests
- Work experience
- Free entry
into NSW national parks
and formal recognition