Bushcare Sites

Within the GreenWay there are 9 existing bushcare sites. Four of these bushcare sites are located in the central area of the GreenWay; these sites are Waratah Mills, Pigott Street, Davis Street and Johnson Park. Three other bushcare sites are located in the northern section of the GreenWay along Hawthorne Canal at Lords Road, Cadigal Reserve and Richard Murden Reserve.  The remaining bushcare sites are established in the south of the GreenWay at Foord Avenue and Ewen Park. 

All the bushcare sites were established by one of two community groups, seven by the Inner West Environment Group (IWEG) and two by the Cooks River Mudcrabs.

Download a GreenWay map with Bushcare site locations. 

Inner West Environment Group

The IWEG began in the late 1990s and submitted a grant to the NSW Environment Trust in 2000 to begin bushcare works at the Waratah Mills site.  This bushcare work soon expanded and work began at the Pigott Street and Davis Street bushcare sites.

Waratah Mills

The Waratah Mills site is located adjacent to the old Waratah Mills north of Johnson Park in Dulwich Hill.  

The site was originally entirely dominated by thickets of Lantana, Castor Oil Plant and other weeds.  Extensive weed control works have taken place since 2000. Weed removal was followed by mulching and revegetation using over 100 different native plant species found in Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest (STIF).  The most significant work requirements involve the control emerging herbaceous weeds and managing the threat of Lantana re-invasion from the surrounding landscape.

Pigott Street and Davis Street 

The Pigott Street and Davis Street bushcare sites are located opposite the Waratah Mills site on the other side of the Rozelle freight line in Dulwich Hills.  They are separated by Davis Street.

These sites were originally entirely dominated by thickets of Lantana, Castor Oil Plant, Cestrum (Cestrum parqui), Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster glaucophyllus) and other weeds.  Extensive weed control works have been undertaken, followed by mulching and revegetation using over 100 different native plant species found in STIF.  Some secondary control of Lantana, Castor Oil Plant, Cestrum and Cotoneaster is required along with the control of emerging herbaceous weed species.

Cadigal Reserve, Summer Hill

Cadigal Reserve is located immediately north of Grosvenor Crescent. in Summer Hill.  The site can be accessed via Grosvenor Cres. from a small car park which provides access to the whole reserve.  IWEG began working on the site in 1999 with works including weed control and revegetation.  Primary weed control works have focussed on woody weeds such as Cestrum, Lantana, Castor Oil Plant and Camphor Laurel, with secondary works focussing on Annual Veldt Grass (Ehrharta annua) and herbaceous species such as Paddy’s Lucerne (Sida rhombifolia), Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata), Onion Weed (Asphodelus fistulosus), Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) and others.  Over 40 species of native plants have been propagated from local provenance seed, including tree, shrub and grass species.  One native species Commelina (Commelina cyanea) is treated as a weed because it has established as a mono-culture.

Lords Road, Leichhardt 

The Lords Road bushcare site is a small site established by IWEG in 2001 on land owned by RailCorp and Sydney Water near Lords Road at Haberfield.  The site is accessed by a GreenWay shared pathway from Lords Road.  Twelve native local provenance species have been planted at this site and ongoing work involves control of woody and herbaceous weed species.

The “Olympic” Site - Richard Murden Reserve

Richard Murden Reserve is adjacent to Hawthorne Canal and can be accessed by Hawthorne Parade.  This site is approximately 10 metres wide and 150 metres in length.  IWEG began working at this site in 2000 as part of the Olympic Landcare project.  Works have largely focussed on removal of weed species such as Cestrum, Lantana, Castor Oil Plant and Camphor Laurel, with follow up work focussing on the control of herbaceous species including Paddy’s Lucerne, Ribwort, Onion Weed, Spear Thistle and others.  Approximately 27 species of local provenance plants have been planted at this bushcare site, including tree, shrub and grass species.

Cooks River Mudcrabs

The Mudcrabs undertake work at four bushcare sites along the Cooks River, these being Rosedale Reserve, Foord Avenue, Ewen Park and Warren Park.

The Mudcrabs initial focus was on cleaning up rubbish along the Cooks River.  This evolved into bushcare work when in 2005-06 they began working at Rosedale Reserve.

Foord Avenue

The Foord Avenue bushcare site is located at the end of Foord Avenue next to a small cliff face and cycleway.  The cycleway provides access to the bushcare site.  The Mudcrabs began work at this site in 2009 and identified 18 different plant species, including Matt Rush (Lomandra longifolia), Running Postman (Kennedia rubicunda) and Bracken fern (Pteridium esculentum).  The Mudcrabs have focussed their work on the removal of weeds, particularly Camphor Laurel (Camphora cinnamomum), Cobblers Peg (Bidens pilosa) and grasses particularly Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum).  Subsequent revegetation work has been undertaken with selective planting using 21 species of sandstone heath vegetation including Weeping rye Grass (Microlaena stipoides), Hakea (Hakea sericea), Coastal Wattle (Acacia longifolia) and Sweet Wattle (Acacia suaveolens).  The Mudcrabs do not use tree species in revegetation works however Smooth-barked Apple (Angophora costata) has been observed regenerating at this site.  There are no restrictions at this site preventing the growth of trees (e.g. powerlines).

Ewen Park

Ewen Park is located near Tenant Parade in Hurlstone Park and is accessed through open parklands.  This bushcare site is owned by Marrickville Council who contract a professional bush-regeneration company, Apunga Ecological Management to manage work at the site.

The site was initially open parkland, which was sprayed, jute matted, mulched and then revegetated.  The Mudcrabs began working here in 2009 and have been involved in revegetation works at this site to plant a variety of species including Wallaby Grass (Austrodanthonia sp.), Weeping Rye Grass, Coastal Wattle, Red Mahogany (Eucalyptus resinifera), Matt Rush, Knotweed (Persicaria decipiens) and many other species.