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Welcome to the July to October enews for Hornsby Shire Bushcare. This issue will have something for everyone: reports from events, industrial updates, news from bushcarers past and present and loads of events for the next couple of months. We hope you enjoy the publication.

Table of Contents:

  1. Farewell words
  2. Bushcare Polka anyone
  3. Pat Pike recognised for her service to the world of plants
  4. Malcolm and his new recruit
  5. Glyphosate Usage
  6. Wildlife cameras
  7. Bushcare Competitions
  8. Call to Bushcare
  9. John Tradescant
  10. National Volunteer Week
  11. Bushcare volunteers at bushcare stall
  12. Fabulous Fungi
  13. Habitat Hollows
  14. Free Native Plants
  15. Chemical free weeding by Barry Lees
  16. Events and Workshops

Farewell to some dear friends from the Nursery and Bushcare


Guy Fredricks
By Ross Rapmund
Nursery volunteer of the year for 2010 Guy Fredricks is temporarily leaving the nursery for greener pastures on the island of Fiji where he will join his parents for the next few years. Guy will be sorely missed at the nursery since he is an integral part of the volunteer program and takes his work at the nursery very seriously. Guy has been volunteering for at the nursery for 7 years, during this time Guy has completed a Horticulture Certificate through NSW Tafe and attained employment in the industry outside of his time at the community nursery. We wish him well in sunny Fiji where he can grow all the papayas to his heart’s content!

Irene Timmins
By Ross Rapmund
Irene first joined the nursery in 2007 after moving into the Hornsby Shire area. Keen to do more for the local environment, Irene also joined the Hornsby Bushcare program first starting at Roselea Bushcare before tackling and starting a new Bushcare group at Vimiera Park Epping. It was this site that Irene embellished whole heartedly with tree planting and the extension of no-mow zones into the parkland to provide further habitat buffers to the critically endangered Blue Gum High Forest on site. Irene was also a volunteer for Sydney Wildlife Metropolitan Services where she rehabilitated many a possum. Irene has a deep understanding and love of the Aussie bushland and her passion is hard to beat. She was instrumental in forming the Friends Of Terrys Creek Group in 2011 and through this connection with the local community had collated an incredible bird list for the Terrys Creek corridor of over 100 species. Although Irene has now moved to the lush northern rivers region of NSW she will continue to be in touch through the Terrys Creek blog site ensuring that sound natural resource management continues for this special corridor. Check out the Friends of Terrys Creek blog site here- http://terryscreek.weebly.com there are some amazing wildlife photographs.

Carol McCormick and Ian Methven
By Stephanie Chew
When Carol and Ian first moved into their house at Parrish Place 14 years ago, Carol instantly fell in love with the bushland adjoining their property, especially the beautiful waterfall right next to their house. The only problem was that they could barely see the waterfall which was being swamped by thick weeds.

Soon after moving in, they formed the Parrish Place Bushcare group (with Carol as group leader) and enthusiastically began regenerating the bush with their first Bushcare Trainer, Agata Mitchell. They both continued to work solidly with the help of neighbours to gradually reveal the waterfall in all its glory. Over the years, Carol has been dedicated to promoting the site and actively recruiting new members. In 2011, Carol was instrumental in encouraging Council’s Water Catchment Team to conduct major remediation works in the creek to improve the water quality, remove weeds, and improve the visual amenity of the area. This was a huge achievement, and has greatly benefitted the local environment and the community who enjoy visiting the area.

Earlier this year, Carol and Ian reluctantly made the decision to downsize and have since moved out of the area. They have left behind a site that is in hugely better condition, and will continue to improve in the capable hands of the rest of the group. We will miss their enthusiasm and dedication, and especially their legendary morning teas! 

Bushcare Polka anyone?

By Meron Wilson
New research is shedding light on the physical and mental health benefits to volunteers, particularly those who volunteer in the outdoors.

A recent study conducted by Beyond Blue and Deakin University examined the link between nature and personal health and wellbeing. The resulting research paper ‘Beyond Blue to Green: The benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being’ found a clear link between a person’s time outdoors and their sense of physical, emotional and mental health.

In fact, researchers worldwide are finding that regular contact with nature has been linked with health benefits ranging from reducing cholesterol to helping manage diabetes. The psychological benefits of nature include lowering anxiety, stress and depression while simultaneously improving mood and increasing a person’s physical activity.

That’s not to mention the health benefits simply by volunteering. Studies have found over 60% of those who volunteer at least five times a year say it helps them feel less stressed (Nelson 2006). It supports research that showed that volunteering is the second greatest source of joy. Interestingly, dancing came in at number one (Argyle, 1996).
 

Pat Pike recognised for her service to the world of plants

stump seats On May 23rd 2015, long time Mt Colah resident
Pat Pike was presented with a Life Membership of the Australian Plants Society-NSW. Pat was a biology teacher at Pennant Hills High School and is fondly remembered by former students. She also taught Bush Regeneration at Ryde TAFE and was a Bushcare Trainer with Hornsby Council Bushcare. Pat is a passionate nature conservationist with a particular interest in native grasses.

Pat is pictured here with APS-North Shore Group president Barry Lees.
 

Malcolm and his new recruit

By Stephanie Chew
Malcolm Ferguson from the Bambara Plympton Road site, formerly known as the 3 Blokes site, has finally got a new Bushcare buddy after nine months of working as the sole volunteer. For around 15 years, Malcolm worked hard at the site every week with mates Clyde Cox and John Lilly to restore an important creek corridor, but unfortunately Clyde moved away in early 2014 and John suffered an injury in mid-2014, leaving Malcolm as the last man standing. In March this year, an article appeared in the Northern District Times detailing Malcolm’s plight and calling for new volunteers to help him to continue the fight against the weeds. Happily, Marian Herft, who is also a volunteer gardener at Addington House in Ryde, eagerly answered the call. Marian and Malcolm have enjoyed working together at the site so far, and plan to continue working regularly to restore this significant site.

Glyphosate Usage – update

By Danielle Sutton
On Monday, 29 March 2015, Bushcare volunteers received notice that Hornsby Shire Council had made a decision to put glyphosate usage on HOLD for volunteers and Bushcare staff. This was due to the International Agency for Research on Cancer assessing and classifying glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) as probably carcinogenic to humans, and to allow Council time to conduct further investigations to ensure volunteer and staff safety.

Council has now completed its investigations. Volunteers and qualified staff can return to using glyphosate (in the form of Roundup Biactive) under the following conditions:

Storage: Bushcare Trainers will record, maintain and store all glyphosate supplies for Bushcare groups as outlined in the manufacturer's instructions and Use of Chemicals Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS).

Skin Protection: Appropriate chemical resistant gloves for all exposure and use of Glyphosate products must be worn. The nitrile dipped gloves currently supplied are not considered suitable protection for glyphosate use. They will be replaced with a more protective glove such as Ansell Alpha Tec 58-270. These gloves will be available through your trainer shortly.

Should you not use or be exposed to glyphosate usage, the current issue of gloves are fine for general weeding.

Long sleeves and long pants must also be used for full skin protection.

Application: The current applicator bottles provided will remain the only application use of glyphosate for Bushcare volunteers.

Bushcare qualified staff, including Trainers, will be able to return to spot spraying with some recommendations endorsed as outlined in the manufactures instructions and Use of Chemicals SWMS.

We appreciate your patience, support and cooperation with the conditions outlined for the ongoing use of glyphosate. These conditions reflect our duty of care and legislative responsibilities. Should you have any further questions please direct them to Danielle Sutton on dsutton@hornsby.nsw.gov.au or 9847 6360.
 

Wildlife cameras

By Meron Wilson
Hornsby Bushcare has recently purchased three motion sensitive cameras with basic capacity to take stills and short video footage of all that moves. The cameras will be particularly useful if you have or are interested in acquiring nest boxes.

If you are interested in borrowing a camera to monitor what creatures are using your site, please let your Trainer know so he or she can arrange the loan.
 
 

Bushcare Competitions

Photo competition
Closing date for 2015 competition: Monday 14 September 2015.
There are three photography categories:
  1. The main event: Hornsby - Our Beautiful Bushland – our celebration of our environment:
  2. Before and After – to celebrate the achievements of our Bushcare Sites
  3. Fabulous Fungi – to celebrate the Year of the Soil’. Up to three photographs per person from Mushroom Month will automatically be submitted for the competition, however new entries are welcome.
We had some excellent entries last year. So delve into your collections and find some before and after photos. Before and after photos can also be people shots. What was your group like then; and how it is now.

Submissions are to be at least 300dpi (resolution) or 1200 pixels width/height, should you have difficulties please contact the office on 9847 6362 or bushcare@hornsby.nsw.gov.au  

Poetry and Prose
Closing date for 2015 competition: Monday 9 November 2015.
We also want your prose entries describing life as a Bushcarer. Ditties, limericks, jokes, haiku, yarns, whatever your pen is inspired to create. Entries will be printed and displayed for voting purposes.

Christmas Bushcare Hat conversion
Closing date: Christmas Party Saturday 28 November 2015
To celebrate another year of Bushcare, we want to see your design skills. Everyone attending the Christmas party is welcome to style up their Bushcare hat in a Christmas theme. We look forward to seeing your creations.

Call to Bushcare

National Tree Day in Hornsby Shire
We are supporting all preschools, and primary and high schools with an environment group who would like to put some local native plants back into their grounds or nearby park. If you know of a child in school in the Shire, ask them if their school is getting involved. We are also holding a tree planting event for the general public. A section of upper Terrys Creek that lies next to parkland and sports fields is being rehabilitated. Mown grasses and introduced trees are being replaced with plants typical of the original Blue Gum Forest. The work will result in improved quality of habitat for wildlife in the creek corridor. We will also be holding a guided walk along Terrys Creek in September to commemorate Threatened Species Day.

Both our offer to schools and information about our planting day can be found on www.treeday.planetark.org.

Bushcare’s Major Day Out
Bushcare’s Major Day Out (BMDO) is an annual event, held throughout Australia, in or around Landcare week in September each year. It has been running successfully for four years, and in 2013 BMDO involved 134 sites, in every state and territory except the Northern Territory. There are hundreds of local volunteer Bushcare, Landcare, Coastcare and Creekcare groups around Australia, meeting weekly or monthly to maintain local areas of bushland. BMDO aims to increase the awareness of this important work and to attract more volunteers to join these groups.

This year Hornsby Shire Council is hosting BMDO event on Saturday 12 September from 10am to 12pm at Mount Colah Community Centre Bushcare site. We will have a great day weeding and planting, there will be a site tour and a lunch to celebrate our efforts. Everyone is welcome. For more information see www.bushcaresmajordayout.org. Alternatively if you would like to host a Major Day Out on your own, please discuss it with your trainer. We would love to have some more sites on the website.  

Bushcare Poetry

John Tradescant A Wee Di ditty
by David Swain
King Charles he had a gardener
By name John Tradescant.
Alas, poor John, his name has gone
To a most pernicious plant.
  

National Volunteer Week

By Leanne Johnston
We celebrated National Volunteer Week, 11-17 May 2015, by inviting our Bushcare and Nursery Volunteers to the Earthwise Cottage for a morning tea. Did you know that you were one of the 6 million Australians who volunteer to make Australia a happier place?

The morning tea was held on a delightful autumn morning, we held the event in the front garden, bathed in sunlight. The food was delicious, with petit fours, sandwiches, a fine selection of cheeses and fruit. Danielle made sure there was plenty of hot fresh coffee for everyone. We had many of our long term volunteers attend. It was great to see Pat Pike, Sheila Woods, and many of the volunteers from Chilworth Reserve, Ross Muller and his fellow volunteers from Roselea, and all the Nursery Volunteers attend on the day. The Natural Resources Manager, Diane Campbell, loved meeting you all again and we look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Party in November.

A great time was had by all. Ted Angelo said it was ‘Great meeting up with old friends with diverse interests but all passionate about the trees and the environment’.

Of special note: We recruited volunteers at the morning tea. Ramtin and Mehrnoosh came to collect their free plants, a gift from Council for becoming a citizen. Our Bushcare and Nursery volunteers impressed them so much, they joined the program.  

Bushcare volunteers provide the community vibe and attract more interest

By Danielle Sutton
On the 15 April Bushcare volunteers attended the Volunteer Expo at the Hornsby Mall and again on the 16 May at the Free Native Plant Giveaway at our Community Nursery.

Volunteers were invited to assist at the Bushcare promotional stalls at these two recent events. Their presence really lifted the vibe, giving us that extra edge and overall community interest.

Though staff also attended the stalls to answer any specific or tricky questions, having volunteers attend the stall gave us an advantage in giving a more personal perspective of being involved in the Bushcare program as well as providing the public more one on one attention.

More events are on the way, and keep an eye out for 'call outs' for volunteering at these upcoming events.
  • 12 September, Bushcare Mayor Day out at Mt Colah
  • 19 September, Free Native Plant Giveaway at Galston
  • 31 October, Free Native Plant Giveaway at the Community Nursery, Pennant Hills

 

Fabulous Fungi

By Meron Wilson
The glowing heat from the outdoor pizza oven provided a focus for the group of fungi photographers that gathered at Earthwise Cottage on a crisp autumn evening to share home-made pizza, risotto and soup – all made with edible fungi of course (eight varieties were prepared and eaten).

Special mention was made of edible Pine Mushrooms or Saffron Milk Caps (Lactarius deliciosus) which are highly prized for their flavour. They are native to Europe where they have developed mycorrhyzal relationships with the root systems of local conifers. They were deliberately introduced into the Pinus radiata plantations of southeastern Australia and are eagerly 'hunted' after autumn rains.

We then adjourned inside to a presentation of images taken by the group. After a brief introduction to the main families, each person's work was displayed, with additional information provided by our Nursery Coordinator extraordinaire Ross Rapmund.

One fungus of concern was highly toxic native Armillaria luteobubalina or Honey Fungus, which causes root rot. It is commonly spread from one tree to another through root to root contact. By the time the fruiting bodies appear, often in a ring around a trunk, the tree is badly infected. Many woody plants are susceptible, but particularly citrus trees planted on cleared Eucalypt forest lands. Armillaria seems to be spreading through the gardens of northern Sydney.

The quality of some of the images was remarkable. Check out the PowerPoint presentation.

Habitat Hollows

By Leanne Johnston
Pruning trees for habitat – repurposing trees for wildlife habitation
Some arborists have recognised the value of trees for habitat and are trialling ways to increase the number of hollows for habitat in the landscape. There are some companies out there who are investigating sub-lethal ways to create more hollows in existing trees that don’t include hanging up more nest boxes.

Habitat creation can mean retaining dead trees. Dead trees provide vital habitat function:
  • Dead wood is food for invertebrates and other detritivores (organisms that feed on detritus, or dead material)
  • Contain more hollows
  • Provide hunting platforms for birds
  • Increase soil quality through composting and erosion control
  • Reduce cost of removing trees and debris from site.

To retain habitat arborists must throw away the rule book and
  • Retain deadwood
  • Retain stubs
  • Promote damage and decay (e.g. use climbing spijkes, slash tree limbs and plunge the saw into the tree to create hollows).
Arborists are also considering the habitat requirements for different species. Creating hollows in logs for reptiles as well as standing dead trees.
 

Free Native Plants for Hornsby’s rural residents!

By Barry Lees

A generous donor has enabled Landcare to offer local native plants to residents who live in Hornsby Council’s rural area. We would like the plants to go to landowners who are clearing privet or lantana or other weeds and who wish to revegetate using native plants.

If that sounds like you, contact Barry Lees on 9653 3691. He will give you a voucher that you can take to the Community Nursery at Pennant Hills to obtain your plants. The minimum number of plants will be 1 tray of 40 tubes. You will need to select from the plants the nursery has in stock, Ross Rapmund will help you chose the best plants for your needs.

You cannot buy local native plants at retail nurseries, so this is a special opportunity.

For more information on Landcare, go to StillCreekLandcare.com.au or Facebook
 

Chemical-free Weeding Seminar 30th March 2015

An extract from notes, taken by Bushcare volunteer, Barry Lees, who attended the seminar.

Shortly before the seminar, the UN had announced that Glyphosate had been found to be a probable carcinogen. There was some discussion on the impact this announcement might have. There was also discussion on the damage done by glyphosate and other chemicals in Roundup to soil and soil organisms.

In Australia, $1.4b per year is spent on herbicides. In addition, manufacturers spend millions of dollars encouraging and guiding people in the use of weedicides. Very little is spent on pointing out the damage being done by chemicals and encouraging people not to use them. There are many tools to help in weed removal without chemicals, e.g. fire, soil organisms, animals, increase health of desirable plants, bio controls, better design of spaces, or learn to live with some weeds.

An ecologist from GHD suggested there is a problem of perception. Many weeds are not a problem and we should be more tolerant. Sometimes the cost of buying and applying the chemical, and the damage done to the sprayer and the environment can be greater than the effect of leaving the weed in place. He suggested a ‘negotiated peace’ with many weeds. Weeds can provide increased biodiversity, eco-system services, soil improvement, food for humans and animals, medicines, oxygenation of waterways, pollution removal and erosion control.

Using goats to control weeds
For example goats were used by two companies. Generally, goats:
  • Are economical,
  • can work on very steep sites,
  • often destroy seeds (goats are ruminants),
  • fertilise the soil,
  • require no chemicals,
  • reduce fire risks,
  • eat to ground level and the plants can be easily managed as they grow,
  • can kill plants like blackberries by continually pruning the foliage and leaf buds, and
  • do not harm soil fungi, insects or worms.
Steam weeding
Benefits:
  • reduced off-target damage,
  • no bad public image (people in overalls, gloves and respirators spraying in public places),
  • no herbicide resistance, no stormwater contamination and habitat contamination.)
  • is quicker, cheaper and more effective than ever before
  • Steam destroys plant cells in a fraction of a second, can be done any time of the year and has no fire risk.

Bushcare Events

All events free unless specified.

Bushcare Photographic Display
When: Tuesday 30 June to Monday 20 July
Where: Hornsby Library, 28-44 George Street (enter from Hunter Lane) Hornsby
Come along to the library and view some of the winning entries from Our Beautiful Bushland Photo Competition 2014. We had some fantastic entries. While you are there be sure to fill in the visitors’ book. We love to hear your views.

Compost and Worm Farming workshop
When: Tuesday 7 July
Time: 9.30am-11.30am
Where: Wallarobba Garden, Edgeworth David Ave, HORNSBY NSW 2077
Bookings: spaces are limited; Book online  or call the Waste Hotline on 9847 4856
Composting is a fun and easy way to recycle your garden and kitchen waste. Compost improves your garden soil, saves space in your red or green bin and saves you money.

Non Toxic Cleaning workshop
When: Saturday 18 July
Time: 10.00am-1.00pm
Where: Earthwise Cottage, Pennant Hills Community Nursery, Britannia Road, Pennant Hills
Bookings: spaces are limited; Book online or call the Waste Hotline on 9847 4856
Using less chemicals around your home is better for your health and for the environment. Get easy and inexpensive tips on how to use non-toxic alternatives in your home.

Compost and Worm Farming workshop
When: Sunday 26 July
Time: 10.00am-12.30pm
Where: Gazebo, Eco Garden, Fagan Park
Bookings: spaces are limited; Book online  or call the Waste Hotline on 9847 4856
Composting is a fun and easy way to recycle your garden and kitchen waste. Compost improves your garden soil, saves space in your red or green bin and saves you money.

Kimbriki Tour and Eco Garden talk
When: Tuesday 11 August
Time: 9.00am – 2.45pm
Where: Bus leaves 9.15am Hornsby Park bus stop, Hornsby
Bookings: spaces are limited; Book online or call the Waste Hotline on 9847 4856
On the tour of the Kimbriki site you will see how your green waste is transformed into a usable garden product. We will then stop at the Eco Garden and hear a short talk on eco gardening.

Eco Garden Basics workshop
When: Sunday 16 August
Time: 10.00am-12.30pm
Where: Gazebo, Eco Garden, Fagan Park
Bookings: spaces are limited; Book online or call the Waste Hotline on 9847 4856
Are you interested in making your garden more environmentally friendly and productive? Topics covered include no-dig gardening, companion planting, crop rotation and lots more.

Recycling Tour
When: Wednesday 26 August
Time: 9.00am – 1pm
Where: Bus Leaves 9.15am Hornsby Park bus stop, Hornsby
Bookings: spaces are limited; Book online or call the Waste Hotline on 9847 4856
Ever wondered what happens to the mix of materials in your yellow bin? Come on a tour of the Materials Recycling Facility and find out how your paper is recycled from your plastic containers.

Bushcode workshop
When: Saturday 29 August
Time: 8:45am-3pm
Where: Earthwise Cottage, 28 Britannia Street, Pennant Hills.
Bookings: 9847 6832 or naturalresources@hornsby.nsw.gov.au
This is an essential workshop for new and renewing bushcare members. All attendees will receive three free plants for their garden.
Lunch is provided.

Compost and Worm Farming workshop
When: Wednesday 2 September
Time: 9.30am-11.30am
Where: Wallarobba Garden, Edgeworth David Ave, HORNSBY NSW 2077
Bookings: spaces are limited; Book online or call the Waste Hotline on 9847 4856
Composting is a fun and easy way to recycle your garden and kitchen waste. Compost improves your garden soil, saves space in your red or green bin and saves you money.

National Threatened Species Day
When: Sunday 7 September
Time: 9am-11am
Where: Terrys Creek
Bookings Essential: 9847 6832 or naturalresources@hornsby.nsw.gov.au
Threatened Species Day is a national day held each year on the 7th September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger (also known as thylacines) at Hobart Zoo in 1936. In NSW, over 880 species of native plants and animals are threatened with extinction along with 103 Endangered Ecological Plant communities. On this short walk we will discover some of the rare species that live in the Hornsby Shire and what makes them so rare.
Please bring water, snacks, a hat, sunscreen, and a warm jacket with you. You may also like to bring a camera and any relevant plant field guides for this activity.
Meeting details provided upon booking.

Bushcare Photographic Display
When: Monday 7 September to Friday 25 September
Where: Epping Library, Chambers Crt (off Pembroke St) Epping NSW 2121
Come along to the library and view some of the winning entries from Our Beautiful Bushland Photo Competition 2014. We had some fantastic entries. While you are there be sure to fill in the visitors’ book. We love to hear your views.

Major Day Out – Mount Colah Community Centre
When: Saturday 12 September
Time: 10am -12pm
Where: Meet at Mount Colah Community Centre, Pierre Close, Mount Colah, near the scout hall.
Activities include:
  • A two hour blitz on weeding along the path
  • Planting native plants
  • A light lunch
  • A guided bushwalk of the bushcare site
Sustainable House Day – Bus Tour
When: Sunday 13 September 2015
Time: 8.45am to 5pm
Where: Bus tour
Bookings: Book online 
Description – Come along and visit three sustainable homes across the Hornsby Shire. Talk to the owners about how they made their home more sustainable.

Native Plant Giveaway
When: Saturday 19 September
Time: 1pm-3pm
Where: Community Nursery, 28 Britannia Street, Pennant Hills.
Information: 9847 6832 or hornsby.nsw.gov.au/nursery
Ratepayers can select free native plants for their gardens from selected suburbs. 
Come and collect your six free native plants. This is open for ratepayers in the following areas: Arcadia, Berrilee, Canoelands, Dural, Fiddletown, Forest Glen, Galston, Glenorie, Laughtondale, Lower Hawkesbury, Maroota, Middle Dural, Singletons Mill and Wisemans Ferry.

Eco Garden and Netherby Farm Open Day
When: Sunday 20th September
Time: 10am to 2pm
Where: Fagan Park
Be inspired to grow your own food and make your own compost! There will be talks, tours, great displays and kids’ activities.
More details: hornsby.nsw.gov.au/my-lifestyle/events
Cost – $5 per vehicle entry to Fagan Park

Backyard Chicken Workshop
When: Saturday 10 October 2015
Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Where: Hornsby Shire Council Chambers – 296 Peats Ferry Road Hornsby
Function Room 2
Bookings: Book Online 
Description - Thinking about getting chooks? You’ll love them! They give so much and don’t ask for much in return. Learn how to keep them safe and happy, and get the most out of your friendly feathered friends at your place.

Hornsby Council and the Swimming Pools and Spas Association (SPAPA)
When: Tuesday 20 October
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Hornsby Central Library, 28-44 George St, Hornsby
Bookings: Book online at hornsby.nsw.gov.au/library or at any Hornsby Library branch.
Join us for a practical workshop to find out how to save money, energy and water on your swimming pool/spa whilst still enjoying a ‘dip’ this summer. If you are installing or upgrading an existing pool/ spa, purchasing a pool cover, replacing an old filter, heating your pool or wondering what the experts believe is the most energy efficient heating system then this is the workshop for you!

Kimbriki Tour and Eco Garden talk
When: Wednesday 21 October
Time: 9.00am – 2.45pm
Where: Bus leaves 9.15am Hornsby Park bus stop, Hornsby
Bookings: spaces are limited; Book online at Hornsby events web page or call the Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.
On the tour of the Kimbriki site you will see how your green waste is transformed into a usable garden product. We will then stop at the Eco Garden and hear a short talk on eco gardening.

Bushcode workshop
When: Thursday 22 October
Time: 8:45am-3pm
Where: Earthwise Cottage, 28 Britannia Street, Pennant Hills.
Bookings: 9847 6832 or naturalresources@hornsby.nsw.gov.au
This is an essential workshop for new and renewing bushcare members. All attendees will receive three free plants for their garden.
Lunch is provided, please provide any special dietary requirement upon booking.

Catchment Tour
When: Saturday 24 October
Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm
Where: Bus & walking tour
Bookings: Book online
Description – Celebrate National Water Week and join us on a 3 hour bus and walking tour exploring local creeks, catchments and stormwater quality improvement devices. Council has installed over 400 devices to help capture and filter urban run-off pollution.

Going Solar and Save $$$
When: Saturday 31 October
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm
Where: Hornsby Shire Council Chambers – 296 Peats Ferry Road Hornsby
Function Room 2
Bookings - Book online
Sick of paying high electricity bills? Thinking of getting solar panels? Come along to this free workshop, presented by Autonomous Energy, to find out more.

Native Plant Giveaway
When: Saturday 1 November
Time: 1pm-3pm
Where: Earthwise Cottage, 28 Britannia Street, Pennant Hills.
Information: 9847 6832 or naturalresources@hornsby.nsw.gov.au
Come and collect your four free native plants. This is open for ratepayers in the following areas: Cherrybrook, Normanhurst, Thornleigh, Wahroonga, Waitara and Westleigh

Volunteer Bird Surveys
When: Saturday 7 November
Time: 7.30am-9am
Where: Various
Bookings Essential: 9847 6832 or naturalresources@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Join one of four bird survey teams. We have selected some staff and volunteers who are local bird experts. Each team will have at least one bird expert (skilled in identifying birds from calls), at least one member who can identify common Hornsby birds by sight, and the reminder of the team will be made up of interested punters who like birds but need help to identify all but common birds.
Upon booking you will receive:
A cd of common bird calls of Sydney;
Information on your survey group and the leaders’ name;

Each group will have a data sheet to record information;
Binoculars;
Bird book or device with bird app;
Breakfast baskets will be provided on the day.

Bushcare Christmas Party
Keep Saturday 28 November FREE!
Celebrate another successful bushcare year! Enjoy a delightful lunch while sitting with your friends at Berowra Community Centre. The conversation is sure to be stimulating and plenty of food for all. We look forward to seeing you all there.
 

Other Events and Workshops

Australian Native Plant Society
Walks and Talks details
Meet at Caley’s Pavilion on the following Mondays at 9:45 am for a 10:00am start. Information sheets are provided. Walks conclude at approx. 12.30pm. Please wear suitable footwear, and bring a hat and water. No prior knowledge required - just an enquiring mind and a love of the bush!
Cost $5
 
July 20 Plant Communities
July 27 Bird Walk (9.00 a.m. start)
August 3 Grevilleas and Hakeas (Family Proteaceae)
August 10 Acacias (Family Fabaceae sub-family Mimosoideae)
August 17 Boronias and other Family Rutaceae
August 24 Heath plants ((Family Ericaceae)
August 31 Pea (Family Fabaceae)
September 7 Orchids (Family Orchidaceae)
September 14 Western Mueller Track (bring lunch & water) return about 3pm

Meetings are held at 8.00 p.m. on the second Friday of the month at Willow Park Community Centre, Hornsby. For more information at Australian Native Plant Society.
 
Date Topic
10 July Amelia Jones – Burning the Bush
14 August Bob Failes – Wattles and Jenny Lewis – Botanical Artists
11 September Paul Gibson-Roy – Creating grassy understories
9 October Helen Smith - Spiders

 
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Phone: (02) 9847 6362
Email: bushcare@hornsby.nsw.gov.au
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