The aim of bush regeneration is to restore and maintain an ecosystem in which natural regeneration can occur. This is done by using bush regeneration methods, such as weeding strategically, stabilising drainage lines, environmental burns, raising public awareness, reducing erosion, maintaining habitat and wildlife corridors.
The Bradley Sisters pioneered bush regeneration in New South Wales in the 1970's. The sisters understood the importance of protecting natural areas from invasion of weed species by removing weeds and allowing for the natural regeneration of native species in the area.
Lane Cove Council was the first council to recognise the
value of bush regeneration as the best practice method of bushland
management. The Bradley and May bush regeneration team were employed by
Lane Cove Council to work in Warraroon Reserve in 1974. Since then
Council has continued to use bush regenerator trained staff, contractors and
volunteers to manage all of its bushland reserves.
An example of bush regeneration in Warraroon Reserve from 1995- 2009:
BEFORE: Everything green you see here is a weed.
Large Leaved Privet, Balloon Vine, Lantana (weeds)
Photo: Lane Cove Bush Regenerators Cooperative, 1995
DURING: Bush regeneration in progress.
After the clearing of weeds, native species are starting to appear. Note poisoned dead Privets. Native species emerging: Bleeding Heart, native ferns, Commelina, Basket Grass.
Photo: Lane Cove Bush Regenerators Cooperative, July 2004
AFTER: Everything you see here is native vegetation
After continual follow up weeding, native bush has taken over. The bushland is now stable. Acacia, Angophora, Eucalyptus , Lilly Pillies.
Photo: Felix Lee, July 2009