Whilst we are unable to proceed with any bushcare or community garden events or training at this time, we are happy for regular bushcare volunteers to continue to work in our parks and reserves on their own or in a small group during the regular bushcare volunteering hours if they want to – social distancing and hygiene recommendations via the Australian Government’s Department of Health website are to be followed and all volunteers are to make prior contact with Rudi Adlmayer on 0423 020 648 to confirm interest and Council supervision. Fresh air and recreational joy is to be encouraged
What is Bushcare?
Bushcare is a community-based program in which volunteers help regenerate and preserve Woollahra's bushland, with the assistance and support of Council staff. Through the Bushcare program we work to protect local biodiversity, natural ecosystems and preserve the habitat of native flora and fauna.
Bushcare provides an opportunity for the community to learn about our local environment and to get involved in managing and maintaining our native bushland.
Cooper Park (Kendall St)
Cooper Park (Edward St)
Second Saturday of the month, 10am-2pm. Meet at the end of Edward St, Woollahra.
Cooper Park (Cooper Park Road)
Third Saturday of the month, 10am-2pm. Meet at North Cooper Park near the Cooper Park Community Garden.
Every Wednesday, 9am-12pm. Meet behind the Gunyah Hall at Watsons Bay.
Every Thursday, 8:30am-1pm. Meet at the shed adjacent to the Kiosk at the end of Horler Avenue, Vaucluse.
Every Friday, 1pm-3pm. Meet at the nursery at the end of Quarry St, Paddington.
Anyone over the age of 15 is invited to become a Bushcare volunteer. Our Bushcare volunteers include local residents, retirees, businesses, community groups, school groups and tertiary students. All you need is an interest in protecting the local environment and a few spare hours a week, fortnight or month. As a Bushcare volunteer, you will help to ensure the future ecological sustainability and natural beauty of the Woollahra municipality.
Our Bushcare volunteers receive a copy of our biannual newsletter The Bush Telegraph, certificates of participation and achievement, and are provided with all necessary tools and equipment, morning and/or afternoon tea and site supervision.
Volunteers also receive Bushcare training, including a Bushcare Manual and will learn about:
- the value of urban bushland
- threats to urban bushland ecosystems
- plant identification
- weed identification and removal techniques
- revegetation techniques
- bushland site analysis
- work health and safety awareness
Become a Bushcare Volunteer (PDF, 5.2 MB)
For more information, please contact:
Bushcare Liaison Officer
Phone: 0423 020 648
There are many things we can all do to conserve water and keep our gardens healthy:
- Plant waterwise or low water use plants, both native and exotic. Locally endemic species are ideal for local conditions, however there are a range of dry climate species and cultivars from other parts of Australia and all over the world which can reduce your watering needs.
- Mulch with woodchip or leaf litter over garden beds and tree surrounds to save water. This will conserve water, suppress weeds and supply nutrients to your plants.
- Woollahra Council offers FREE woodchip mulch to residents. You can collect your woodchip mulch from Gunyah car park. Entrance is located at the junction of Old South Head Road and Salisbury Street, Watsons Bay (next to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church).
- Drip irrigation rather than traditional sprinklers will deliver an appropriate volume of water to the root zone without spray drift, evaporation or wetting unnecessary areas.
- Hand-water rather than use sprinklers and sweep driveways and paths rather than hosing.
- Water in cooler parts of the day.
For more information, please contact us on 02 9391 7000.