Landcare is a non-governmental community movement dedicated to preventing land degradation and achieving sustainable land management. It consists of a network of local volunteer groups of which there are over 1700 in New South Wales alone. Each group works to find local solutions to local problems such as salinity, soil degradation, animal pests, weeds, vegetation loss, waterside erosion, poor water quality, coastal degradation and urban land degradation. If you appreciate how lucky we are in the Helensburgh district to enjoy a relatively unspoiled bush environment you should also be aware that it is under serious threat. read more

Be Weed Wise

The purpose of this page is to encourage the replacement of weedy garden plants with plants that will not jump the garden fence. We aim to empower gardeners to make informed choices about what to plant. By making better choices you can help preserve our native flora and fauna.

Impacts of environmental weeds include:
    crowding out local native plants by competing for water, nutrients and light 

    preventing establishment of native plant seedlings by creating heavy shade or a thick layer of plant litter on the ground 

    changing the nutrient content of soils, possibly making the soil more hospitable for weeds 

    changing the fire regime by making vegetation more or less flammable, dictating what native plants will continue to survive in the changed conditions 

    altering the availability of food and shelter for native animals, and improving conditions for introduced species or opportunist natives such as Pied Currawongs and Noisy Miners.

Even well-behaved garden plants can have unforeseen impacts on native animals. Many gardeners like to include nectar-producing plants “for the birds”. The provision of an abundant and constant food supply can help large, aggressive birds to increase, often at the expense of other species. For example, Noisy Miners, Bell Miners and Wattlebirds will drive out smaller honeyeaters, and Rainbow Lorikeets take over tree hollows needed for nesting by other birds, possums and bats.
You can download the Grow Me Instead guide for the NSW south coast region  here.

Black-eyed Susan, Thunbergia alata

Coolatai Grass, Hyparrhenia hirta

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