Our Work



The "Friends of Ropes Creek"  is a volunteer group that meets on the 3rd Saturday of every month as part of the Penrith Bushcare Network. Volunteers do hands-on work that assists the regeneration of indigenous plants. Mostly we remove weeds to allow native plants to germinate from seed stored in the soil. The Group has successfully sought and received funding to fence the boundaries of the site, put signage on the site and employ professional bush regenerators to protect and strengthen the remnant Endangered Ecological Communities.




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Goals

 

1. Bush Regeneration

 

We take a methodical but realistic approach focusing on consolidating bushland areas in good condition and, once established, steadily treating surrounding areas in a sustainable manner. If necessary, we'll collect and spread local seeds, but we prefer to let the bush regenerate naturally if possible.


2. Strategic Plantings

Sometimes thickets of locally indigenous plants are planted to link bushland areas. This helps protect birds, lizards, kangaroos and other animals as they travel between different areas.                             



3. Education - planting days, involvement of primary schools, and local media


We aim to raise awareness and improve our local residents' sense of care and responsibility for their local bushland through school education days, planting days and publicity in the local media. We want to open a dialogue with local residents about issues that threaten the long-term viability of local bushland (e.g. rubbish dumping, inappropriate vehicular use, illegal collection of native animals, regular fires etc.).

 



4. Ecological Monitoring

 

We have documented the condition of the bushland since we began our work in the reserve. Our current work also includes a quantitative monitoring program to: quantify changes in bushland condition, improve our understanding of bushland resilience and demonstrate the restoration capability of bush regeneration.









We define good areas from bad by creating edges. This photo shows the edge we defined by handweeding out Love Grass (left) in order to allow the woodlands (right) to regenerate.





We apply the same principle of separating good areas from bad areas along the creek-line. Here we are protecting the upper slope from Wandering Jew which is prolific along the creek banks.





Local school kids helping remove Love Grass.
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