Every month, from Lapstone to Mt Wilson, more than sixty groups of Bushcare and Landcare volunteers, of all ages and backgrounds, troop out to their local patches of bushland and spend a few hours together helping to reverse the damage done to the environment by invasive weeds and stormwater runoff.
They do this by assessing the existing vegetation, planning carefully, removing weeds, encouraging the bush to expand, consolidating the progress made, then moving into new areas. They use the principles of bush regeneration to guide their work.
Groups can also find themselves working on stormwater control, erosion control, track maintenance and improvement, seed collection, plant propagation and other bushland management issues, as well as public education.
Everyone is welcome to join a group. You can find a group near you on the Blue Mountains Bushcare website. More information about the program can be found on the Blue Mountains Council website.