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We hope you find the visit useful. Please see this video as an introduction to our group and its aims.

Please drop us a line and give us some feedback. We’re always open to suggestions on how we can broaden our service to the catchment’s community.

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

Free native plants

Free native plants are now available from us due to a kind donation. See Free Native Plants

Our current project : Carrs Bush

In the last 2 years, we have cleared 93% of the area affected by Privet and other weeds. The 7% remaining has been left by Council direction as Privet islands as habitat for birds and to shade the ground, unfortunately dropping thousands of privet seeds in the cleared areas. See our report  on this project.

See the following articles on our work in Carrs Bush :

Carrs Bush (May 17)

My Favourite Place (Dec 16)

Our achievements in 2016/17

This was year 2 of our project “Carrs Bush Restoration: Stage 1”, which has been supported by Greater Sydney Local Land Services through funding of $39,930 from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. This is about the threatened and highly valued Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest. Over 3 years, we are improving 0.8 out of the 1.2 hectares now invaded by privet, blackberry and honeysuckle.

We have now primary cleared 93% of the area with plenty of secondary clearing done. Although lots of privet seedlings are still coming up, there has also been some encouraging native plant regeneration. See the separate report on this project.

We continued periodic follow-up work for the previous project “Top of Catchment Remediation”. The focus was on eliminating privet and reducing the Bell Miner birds which had taken over the area to the exclusion of other species and resulted in the eucalypts being devastated by the Bell Miner Dieback disease. The Bell Miners have left, some trees have died and some are recovering: a great success.

Following a donation from a member of the community to our group, we advertised free local native plants for local residents who were improving their properties. We visited the sites, provided advice and over 18 months arranged 2370 plants for those residents assessed as suitable.

We have provided:

  • 10 media articles have been published and are available on the website
  • 12 field days or working bees on private and public land
  • 34 series of physical and chemical water quality tests at 3 creek sites: see results on website
  • 5 samplings/counts of macro-invertebrates as a biological measure of water quality at 2 sites
  • 2 community events with an indigenous bush tucker show at the Arcadia Market day and in conjunction with Hornsby Shire Council gave away 211 native plants.
  • 307 plantings, including 45 Lomandra at Carrs Bush
  • 1 continuing site as part of the CSIRO Crofton Weed Rust project to control this weed

Some results from previous work

In 2013/14, we cleared Privet from a property which was infested with bellbirds, which live in the Privet and cause Bell Miner Associated Dieback, a disease which was rapidly killing the Eucalypts. With the Privet gone, the bellbirds then left and other native birds have moved in. The trees have not got worse , but are still not looking good. New trees are now growing. See our report.

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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Brochures

Please download the following brochures about our group

Still Creek Landcare brochure

5 Step Guide to Help the Catchment