About Us

We acknowledge and respect the Traditional Custodians and Elders past and present of the South Lawson Park bushcare site and the surrounding Country. We are mindful and respectful of the presence of traditional places and objects on the site (Customary acknowledgement)

Welcome

Welcome to the South Lawson Park Bushcare Group website! On this website we describe and record the environmental features of the south Lawson area that we operate in, and the volunteer work that we do.

  • New members, including families, are welcome.
  • Children and young people must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the bushcare session.
  • If you’d like to come to a session to observe and ask questions then that’s fine too.

Why do bushcare?

Urban bushland, being part of broader ecosystems, has much to offer the community:

  • Inherent benefits: diversity of life forms, knowledge and beauty;
  • Ecosystem services: healthy soil, food, clean water and air, positive recreational and cultural experiences and much more;
  • Healthy bushland and streams combat global warming.

However, urban bushland is constantly threatened by adverse impacts, particularly invasive weeds and large stormwater flows that cause erosion.

Weed infestation rhs engulfing upper Lawson swamp Dec 2018 Photo: P Ardill

Weed infestation (rhs) smothering natural bush diversity, upper Lawson swamp Dec 2018 Photo: P Ardill

If these issues are left unmanaged at the urban/bush edge then they not only destroy urban bushland but can spread to significant areas of the National Park, threatening fauna and plant diversity, intact ecosystems and the World Heritage Area.

Therefore, a major practical aim of bushcare is to tackle weed and erosion issues on bushland perimeters before they develop into major problems that are very expensive to remediate or even impossible to control.

We also have a great time! Good company, exercise, new skills and rewarding experiences are readily available.

Please take a look at our eight minute film, Bushcare Blue Mountains: South Lawson Park. Professionally directed (Vera Hong) and filmed by Seconds Minutes Hours Productions, it has some stunning footage of the beautiful Lawson Creek Catchment:

https://vimeo.com/verahong/south-lawson-bushcare

When?

  • The Bushcare Group was formed in 1995 and has operated continuously since then.
  • We meet on the third Sunday of the month, from 9.00 until 12 midday, but these times can be adjusted to suit individual circumstances.
  • A BMCC Bushcare Officer supervises each session.
Early bushcare days, approx.1996, Waratah Street. BMCC

Early bushcare days, approx. 1996, Waratah Street. BMCC

Contacts for meeting details and enquiries:

The location of each month’s meeting spot can vary. Contact:

  1. Bushcare Officer: khising@bmcc.nsw.gov.au and 4780 5623; or
  2. Bushcare Team Leader: sbenson@bmcc.nsw.gov.au & 4780 5528; or
  3. Convenor: Erst 4759 2058.

Visit http://bushcarebluemountains.org.au and http://weedsbluemountains.org.au for further general information. The BMCC Bushcare Manual is available at: https://www.bushcarebluemountains.org.au/resources/bushcare-manual_web/

Love Lawson Festival Nov 2009

Love Lawson Festival, Nov 2009 (BMCC photo)

The practical environmental and social benefits of bushcare

  • Removal of weeds like Blackberry and Honeysuckle, which have the ability to smother walking tracks, waterfalls, streams, cascades and access routes;
  • The natural beauty of local bushland is protected;
  • The water quality of Lawson Creek is regularly monitored and the water remains in a reasonably fit state to support animal and plant life;
  • Residents have a pleasant patch of bushland to walk through and live near;
  • The bushcare group removes minor rubbish and notifies BMCC of illegally dumped rubbish;
  • Tourists, bushwalkers, visitors and locals alike are all interested in experiencing the uniqueness of Australian bushland landscapes and not hectares of inaccessible Blackberry and Privet;
  • Tonnes of invasive weeds have been removed;
  • New plantings of local provenance shrubs and trees have been established;
  • The continuous weeding hasĀ  provided the bush with an opportunity to repair itself over time; and
  • Maintaining healthy bushland and its ecosystems is one of many ways to ameliorate the adverse effects of and combat global warming.
A champion worker Sept 2015

A champion worker, Sept 2015 (BMCC photo)

South Lawson Park Bushcare Group December 2017 (Photo: BMCC)

South Lawson Park Bushcare Group, December 2017 (Photo: BMCC)

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