Bundilla Scout Planting Day

A Treemendous day for Bundilla Scouts

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Bundilla Scout Planting Day

A Treemendous day for Bundilla Scouts

The issue

Shaun Lesslie, the Hills District Venturer Scout Leader at the Bundilla Regional Scout Camp, had an idea to set up the Bundilla Scout camp up as a centre for focusing on the environment. He had approached Council, however as it was not on Council land, they were unable to help. They had a group of scouts ready and waiting to kick off the program but no skills, knowledge or tools.

The solution

Between my contacts at Council and the Greater Sydney Landcare I arranged a number of speakers for the day, borrowed some tools from a local Bushcare legend and sourced funding for some plants.

Venturer Scouts from around NSW then converged on Bundilla Scout Camp Winston Hills over the weekend September 10-11 for the first of many weekends restoring the riparian zone around Toongabbie Creek. The Scouts learnt about the local ecosystems, which includes several endangered communities, how the creek connects to the Parramatta River, native fauna and how to plant habitat islands for small native birds.

The impact

An area of very overgrown and weed infested bush (alongside Toongabbie Creek) was weeded, with mostly asparagus fern and privet was removed. Some nearby areas were planted using the habitat creation methodology following a workshop by Bev Debincrat (Greater Sydney Landcare Network). 3 x 10 square meter plots were planted. Privet and asparagus fern were removed from an 500 square meter area.

This is the first of many groups who will be focusing on weed removal and native species replanting along Toongabbie Creek. We also tested the water quality and hope to have this whole area transformed within ten years. Planning is already underway for a subsequent event in March 2017 where the focus will be on clearing one or two species over a larger area.

http://hillstohawkesbury.com.au/treemendous-day-venturer-scouts-around-nsw-bundilla-scout-camp-winston-hills/

Learnings

One of the local scouts from 1st Winston Hills Venturer Scouts, Sean Turner, who attended the weekend said “The best thing about the weekend was putting into practice want we learnt from Bev Debincrat (Greater Sydney Landcare Network) about how to plant habitat islands for small birds which also benefit a large number of other species like lizards. Creating new homes and new life was excellent and felt like I was really learning how to give back to the community.”

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Key facts

  • An ongoing site for weeding and regeneration for years to come.
  • Local media ran a story about the day.
  • The single site will host a different group each time.

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