Bushcare Blue Mountains: South Lawson Park film

After many months of hard work the bushcare group now has a film that commemorates twenty years of bushcare at South Lawson Park. Bushcare Blue Mountains: South Lawson Park  examines the bushland values of the site and why bushland matters, the urban associated problems that we have encountered over the years (sediment flows, pollution, rubbish dumping, weeds) and what the group has done to manage these problems.

Many, many thanks to Vera Hong (Director and Camera) and Craig Bender (Camera and Aerial Camera), Seconds Minute Hours Productions, for the skill and generosity that they brought to the process of making this film.  Thanks also to Greater Sydney Local Land Services and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program for financial assistance and also to BMCC for financial and administrative assistance. Congratulations to the current members of South Lawson Park bushcare, convenor Erst Carmichael, Bushcare Officer Karen Hising and former Bushcare Officers and  group members for their work and contributions over the years.

The film has been distributed to all schools in the Blue Mountains and we hope that it will be a useful classroom resource for teachers of Geography, Science, Sustainability (cross curriculum) and Civics and Citizenship.

The film has some terrific cinematography that portrays the natural beauty of Lawson Creek and the waterfalls and walking tracks of the Lawson Creek Catchment. The hanging swamp sequence is surely very special. Please take a look!

The eight minute film can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/verahong/south-lawson-bushcare

Our 2017 regeneration work

In 2017 we intend to target a range of specific locations and weeds on the bushcare site, using a plan prepared by our BMCC bushcare officer. The regeneration site that we mainly focused on in 2016 is weed stable, but will need follow up in 2017.

Our January session for 2017 was focused on weeding work at the detention basin just south of the Ferris Lane carpark. Privet and Buddleia were removed from the basin, and Blackberry, Montbretia and a prolific exotic tree specimen were treated around the banks of the basin and along the stormwater channel that discharges into the creek. The detention basin is infested with Juncus microcephalus, a weed, in unmanageable proportions, and the seed from this infestation will flow into Lawson Creek.

Treating Montbretia and Creeping buttercup at the detention basin, Jan 2017

Treating Montbretia and Creeping Buttercup at the detention basin, Jan 2017 (BMCC photo)

Removing Privet from the detention basin Jan 2017 (Photo: K Hising BMCC)

Removing Privet from the detention basin, Jan 2017 (BMCC photo)









(Text on this website © 2016 Peter Ardill. Photos © 2017 Peter Ardill, BMCC, Vera Hong)