Conservation Volunteering & Tree Planting
Have you ever thought about getting involved to help improve Bathurst’s natural areas? Join Council's Community Environmental Engagement Officer at a community tree planting day or a revegetation maintenance day. Give as much or as little time as you can spare – it all makes a difference to help rehabilitate our local rivers, creeks and woodlands.
Upcoming Community Tree Planting Days (subject to COVID-19 restrictions)
Wambuul Macquarie River Community Tree Planting Day
Location: Rankens Bridge - O'Keefe Park (Ego Bridge), Abercrombie Time/Date: 10:00am Sunday 25 June 2023
National Tree Day
Location: Wambuul Macquarie River at Evans Bridge, Bathurst Time/Date: 10:00am Sunday 30 July 2023
Join us on Sunday, July 30, 2023, for National Tree Day and lend a hand to help plant native plants along the banks of the Wambuul Macquarie River?
Commencing at 10 am next to Evans Bridge in Baillie Street Open Space Reserve, this event welcomes adults and kids alike to participate in planting native trees, shrubs, and grasses. These plantings will not only provide important habitat for local wildlife including the threatened Trout Cod and elusive Platypus but also improve the health and function of this much-loved river.
After the planting activities, the Bathurst Regional Council will host a free BBQ lunch for all participants. No experience is needed, and we will provide all the necessary plants and equipment. Remember to bring your own water, sunscreen, hat, suitable shoes, and outdoor clothing. To ensure safe hygiene practices, we kindly ask you to bring your own gardening gloves, while hand washing facilities will be provided by the council. And don't worry about a little rain—this event will proceed even in light showers. Just remember to bring a raincoat if needed. As always, the Community Tree Planting Day is subject to COVID-19 restrictions and will strictly follow all COVID Safe guidelines outlined in Bathurst Regional Council's COVID-19 Management Plan for the Council's Community & Schools Environmental Conservation Volunteer Program. Your safety is our top priority.
Along the banks of the Wambuul Macquarie River next to Evans Bridge in Baillie Street Open Space Reserve. Parking is available at the corner of Havannah Street and Kendall Avenue, Bathurst. Four-wheel drive (4WD) only vehicle access to the planting site is ONLY permissible for volunteers with a disability. This access is available via Snudden Park, 21 Durham Street and follow the road along the levee to the planting site.
Revegetation Maintenance Days
Held most Thursday's and Friday's, help to maintain revegetation sites within Council parks and reserves through weeding, mulching and planting. Contact Bill Josh on 0407 256 791 for park locations as they vary week to week.
No experience is needed and all plants and equipment are provided. Please bring water, sunscreen, and a hat and wear suitable shoes, and clothing for being outdoors. To ensure safe hygiene practices we ask that you please bring along your own gardening gloves. Council will provide hand washing facilities. The event will go ahead in light rain, so please bring a raincoat if required. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult carer.
For further information and/or to register please contact Bill Josh on 0407 256 791 (Community Environmental Engagement Officer) or Kristie Kearney (Environmental Programs Coordinator) on (02) 6333 6233 or email.
COVID Safe Guidelines
The Community Tree Planting Days and Revegetation Maintenance Days are subject to COVID-19 restrictions and will follow all COVID Safe guidelines as outlined in Bathurst Regional Council's COVID-19 Management Plan for Councils Community & Schools Environmental Conservation Volunteer Program.
Staff or volunteers who are feeling unwell, are showing signs of COVID-19, have recently returned from overseas travel or think they may have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, are not to participate in any activity delivered by Bathurst Regional Council and should monitor their health and seek medical attention.