Bushcare

Find your local Bushcare / Parkcare / Streetcare group

Ku-ring-gai has a vast, beautiful and unique natural environment with over 30 per cent of our local government area covered in bushland. Council partners with local residents to preserve and maintain these areas through our Bushcare, Streetcare and Parkcare programs. Find out more below.

Bushcare

Bushcare is a community volunteer program where residents work with Council to conserve and rehabilitate publicly owned natural bushland. There are over 700 volunteers working either in groups or as individuals at over 100 different sites throughout Ku-ring-gai.  

Quick facts

  • Bushcare groups meet regularly, usually once a month for 2 to 3 hours. Generally on weekends, however some groups prefer to meet mid-week.
  • No experience is needed. We have activities to suit all levels of participation.
  • Council provides tools, hats, gloves, WH&S training, guidance in bush regeneration - including plant identification, weeding techniques and site management - delivered by qualified bush regenerator staff.
  • All volunteers are automatic members of The Ku-ring-gai Bushcare Association (KBA). The KBA has an annually elected committee which represents volunteer interests/concerns. They meet monthly with Council to discuss these and other relevant issues.

View our Environmental Volunteer role statement(PDF, 34KB)

Corporate Volunteering

We welcome corporate volunteering groups wanting to support their local community, environment and have some team-bonding time in the fresh air. Participants work on specific sites with our qualified bushland regenerators to support key Council bushland and wildlife projects.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

We encourage local high school students wanting to participate to get in touch with our team. They will work with their peers on specific sites alongside our experienced bushland staff. Our staff have WWCC and will supervise and write their assessment reports.

Get involved

Register your interest online and we will be in touch with more information.

Contact the Environmental Volunteering Programs Officer or 9424 0811.

Streetcare

Streetcare is a community volunteer program where residents work with Council to conserve and rehabilitate pockets of native bushland on verges and unmade roads. We encourage residents to improve the look of their street and/or increase the biodiversity of an area.  

Some Streetcare groups meet monthly at set times, others agree to have a working bee 4 times a year. It depends on the task at hand.  Council supports these groups with tools, plants and a qualified Bush Regenerator to guide the works. No experience is needed.

Wildlife relies on these pockets of native vegetation which occur on verges and unmade roads. Maintaining a Streetcare site can not only add to the value to residents property it can be a safe haven for native fauna and important beneficial insects.

Get involved

Register your interest online and we will be in touch with more information.

Contact the Environmental Volunteering Programs Officer or 9424 0811.

Resources

Discover your Urban Forest 

Identify weeds and native plants in your area

Parkcare

Parkcare includes the community working to rehabilitate and maintain pockets of native bushland areas in Council owned parks, not in the National Parks which are on Ku-ring-gai’s boundary. We work with motivated teams of residents to preserve bushland, maintain the character of a historical planting or increase biodiversity/habitat value in the local area. 

Some Parkcare groups meet monthly at set times, others agree to have a working bee 4 times a year. It depends on the task at hand.  Council supports these groups with tools, plants and a qualified Bush Regenerator to guide the works. No experience is needed.

Wildlife relies on these pockets of native vegetation which occur in our local parks. Maintaining a Parkcare site can not only improve the look and value of the local area, but can be a safe haven for native fauna and important beneficial insects.

Discover our local parks and reserves here.

Get involved

Register your interest online and we will be in touch with more information.

Contact the Environmental Volunteering Programs Officer or 9424 0811.

There are over 200 parks in Ku-ring-gai.

Propagation shed

Volunteers at the Propagating Shed work to produce a range of native seedlings for use in environmental projects in Ku-ring-gai. Friendly gathering and volunteers work approximately 3 hours a week. No experience necessary.

Please read the Position Description for this role(PDF, 81KB).

Get involved

Register your interest online and we will be in touch with more information.

For any questions, email the Environmental Volunteering Programs Officer or 9424 0811.

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Register your interest online after reading the above program options and we will be in touch with more information.

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For any questions, email the Environmental Volunteering Programs Officer or 9424 0811.

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