The Blue Mountains City Council remote Bushcare Program began 16 years ago, working in partnership with National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) across several adjoining land tenures.
These remote events are planned with Bushcare/Landcare Groups to extend their work further into parts of the catchment that are difficult to access. It provides an opportunity for group members to gain a better understanding of their sub catchments and the issues they face such as seed dispersal.
Many weeds including Broom and Gorse have the ability to shoot their seeds some metres away which allows infestations to thicken quickly and to spread, particularly along water
courses. Their pods burst open in hot weather during spring and summer, scattering seeds up to several metres from the plant. These weed seeds are carried along streams and rivers by water and sediment resulting in long distance dispersal downstream and germinatation at new sites, especially in gullies.
A coordinated approach has been undertaken with the NPWS as part of the Great Grose Weed Walk program, in order to reduce the volume of weed propagules entering the Grose Valley and other wilderness areas.
There are four remote events per year and they each require a keen eye, robust health and good plant knowledge.
These events are listed on our website so if this sounds like your type of volunteering register to come along.