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Transcript of Environment
Why we went ?
The Bush care volunteers take on the vital role as protector of our fragile bush land environment. Preserving natural flora and removing those weeds which could have been harmful to the environment and the future. As we experienced it was a very hands on experience.
Where we went?
The Hills Shire Council area is located 2km North from the Castle Towers shopping Centre. Castle Hill Heritage Park and is approximately 21ha in size, in a West facing valley. It is the location of the Third Convict Farm and Asylum. The plant area in which we were working in to help towards the rehabilitation was known as the Blue Gum High Forest.
Presented by :
Mina Nguyen, Sanna Rahman & Elena Stivactas
What we did ?
We actively participated in the process of cleaning up unwanted weeds which were becoming harmful to the native plants around the area.
We had a goal of helping and restoring our natural bush land.
We had also discussed with the other volunteers, whether we were pulling out other weeds from the area and told not to pick any other weeds as it could rapidly spread throughout the environment.
What did we learn?
- We enjoyed learning new skills such as removing weeds
-It was an opportunity for us to increase our knowledge of the environment
- We had also made new friends amongst ourselves and also the volunteer that came in from different areas.
- We made a real contribution and difference to the health of the local environment.
- Learned about local native plants and animals.
- We helped to improve fauna habitat in the Castle Hill Region
- Learned about flora (weeds) which could be spread amongst the environment if the wrong weed was pulled out. (If the root is disturbed)
- Finally we contributed to community spirit
Native plant - Solanum Prinophyllum
Inchman – Myrmecia Forficate (Bulldog Ant)
Bulldog Ant is fearless and belligerent . They are found in Australia. Bulldog Ant uses their sharp vision and venomous stinger to track subdues formidable prey. Bulldog Ant size 2.5cm in length. They have 3 colours: orange, brown and black.
These ants are aggressive and can deliver painful stings. It might cause Anaphylactic shock.
Kookaburras are found in Australia and in Papa New Guinea. Kookaburras eat young birds, mice, snakes, insects and reptiles.
A normal Kookaburra weighs up to 455 grams and growing to 45 cm in length.
Contribution to sustainability
The way in which our group contributed to sustainability is by assisting at the Heritage Park Reserve, volunteering our time to assist in looking after the native and fragile bush land whilst assisting within the environment. We were able to help make a difference and be part of improving property value, reducing fire risks as well as creating a better habitat within the environment for the wildlife.
Our main aim/goal when contributing to the volunteer group was to help preserve the natural flora whilst removing those weeds which can be harmful for the future.
- It's long lived small shrub or woody herbaceous
plant has an upright ascending stem (69-100cm tall but it can reach up to 2 meter in height)
- It is an environmental weed. Environmental weeds are an invasive plant which can disrupt native flora communities.
- The touch nature of the plant make it difficult to slash and the deep taproot make it hard to physically removed.
- It is not allowed to be pulled out. The leaves are simple plants which contain prickles, spines or thorns
- It can reach up to 0,5 meter in height
- Maybe get rid of purplish green
- The leaves are about 5-8 cm long and 3-5 cm
We have not COMPLETED clean up Australia day, so we therefore participated within a bush care group helping to rehabilitate the area. We volunteered our time within the Castle Hill Heritage Park area.