North Sydney Council's Bushcare program has been taking volunteers to the rural township of Boorowa since 2000 to revegetate degraded farmland with our Landcare partners Boorowa Community Landcare Group (BCLG). This annual tree planting weekend was initiated to help provide habitat for the vulnerable Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii) and later to assist BCLG address significant areas of salinity and erosion.
It is estimated, that more 40 000 trees, shrubs and groundcovers have been planted by volunteers for the BBB program over the past fifteen years. Previous planting sites have been shown to provide habitat and act as wildlife corridors for fauna other than the Superb Parrot, a bird survey sponsored by NSC in 2014 recorded around sixty different birds species.Tree lanes and paddock plantings also provide shelter for ewes during lambing, act as windbreaks and help absorb excessive amounts of carbon dioxide.
The Building Bridges to Boorowa Program is a unique opportunity for city folk to influence environmental issues of national significance. This working weekend can often be challenging, the weather has been cold and wet in years past. However, the feeling of completing vast plantings in a single weekend make the hardship all worth while.
Each year, volunteers provide feedback saying how much they enjoy meeting rural folk and learning about the production of the food we consume.They say how much they really appreciate country hospitality. Many life long friends have been forged over the past decade and a half through this city/rural partnership.
This year, North Sydney Council was awarded the NSW Landcare Award for Governent Partnerships with Landcare Groups and is a nominee for the National Landcare Awards.
If you would like to be part of this award winning program, please contact North Sydney Council's Bushland Management Coordinate on 9336 8100
Special Edition Bushcare Newsletter - 15yrs Building Bridges to Boorowa (1MB)