With the COVID-19 virus lockdown easing, we are back with our regular working bees now opening to all community members. This is how it works:

  • Each month we work on someone’s property
  • We do this for a couple of hours
  • Then finish with morning tea
  • When we have done everyone’s property, we start the cycle again

We follow government advice on distancing, hand washing, not coming sick and having the phone app. Bring your own gloves and tools and if you prefer, your own morning tea things. See our recent article.

Here is a video as an introduction to our group and its aims.

Please contact us with any suggestions or questions using the email link on the right for more information or ring Nick Chartorisky on 9653 2056.

Free native plants : Trees for Weeds

Yes this is back again after the drought. A couple of years ago local residents used this program and now their trees have grown to over 3 metres high. To find out how, see the article.

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The free native plants are available again to landowners who live in the Hornsby Council rural area or in Hills Shire near Old Northern Rd. See our March articleWe want them to go to people who are clearing privet or lantana or other weeds and who wish to revegetate with local native plants. We can recommend native plants that are on and around your property which are growing well and we will supply some native planting agent which helps the new plantings survive better. Contact Nick Chartorisky on 9653 2056 for advice on what to plant and how to plant them. We thank Michael King for his generous donation to make this happen.

Streamwatch Water Testing Program Continues

One of our main activities is monitoring the water quality in the local waterways. Our main sites are Still Ck at Crosslands, just before entering Berowra Ck and at the mid-catchment  points Still Ck at Mansfield Rd and Charltons Ck. See our reports for 2009-2019 and our April 2019 article and our May 2020 article.

We do the testing using the protocols of Streamwatch, now administered by Greater Sydney Landcare Network, who are now trying to get funding to continue the water quality monitoring program. With three other Streamwatch groups in the Hornsby municipality and Hornsby Council Water Quality officers, we are now part way through a 6 month plan of joint testing at 6 sites to assess the closeness of test results. These sites are at current Streamwatch sites or close or new sites. They cover Ecohealth catchment sites as well as industrial and post-sewer sites. This work has been temporarily halted by the virus lockdown, but we will have some interim conclusions in May 2020, but we plan to do further joint testing after the lockdown ceases. The conclusions will help determine the next steps for Streamwatch water testing in this area.

Our achievements in 2018/19

Our project “Helping Landowners” was based on a $2,000 grant from a member of the community via Landcare Australia to provide 1,480 local provenance native plants and some materials to 18 residences.

  • 10 media articles have been published and are available on the website
  • 10 field days or working bees on private and public land
  • 35 series of physical and chemical water quality tests at 3 creek sites: see results on website
  • 4 samplings/counts of macro-invertebrates as a biological measure of water quality at 2 sites
  • 1 community event with the focus on the earth water cycle, water plants and water quality testing at the November Arcadia Market day.

See our full achievements for the year

Some results from previous work

Carrs Bush May 2018 ALL

For more information on this project see Carrs Bush Final Report and also see the following articles on our work in Carrs Bush :

Carrs Bush (May 17)

My Favourite Place (Dec 16)

Sept 2018 Carrs Bush Project Completed

In 2012, we planted 200 trees and shrubs for a wildlife corridor at 164A Arcadia Rd, Arcadia.

We have kept them well-watered and see the results! And see our related article.

Oct 2012 and 5 years later in Aug 2017

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Please download the following brochures about our group

Still Creek Landcare brochure

5 Step Guide to Help the Catchment