Redlands IndigiScapes Centre Bushcare Group
The Redlands IndigiScapes Centre Bushcare Group has had many forms over the years, but has never looked so good.
The keen, knowledgeable and friendly volunteers currently manage the ‘fern gully’ that is off Runnymede Road. This is a significant patch of bush with a fern understorey and canopy of Brush Box, Paperbarks and Tallowwoods. It is an important drainage point that helps to keep the site moist.
Originally infested with weeds, the group have energetically cleared tonnes of the creeper purple succulent that was harbouring amongst the ferns. This was a tedious job, but has had a great outcome. Similarly, there were plenty of woody weeds for the group to manage in order to allow the ferns to flourish and always rubbish to collect and stop from going into the creek.
Being a drainage point, their Bushcare site has been prone to erosion. This has been a fun and experimental task to try and reduce erosion, encourage native regrowth while still managing the weeds.
Over the years the group has achieved a lot, from planting the main entrances of the IndigiScapes Reserve, to weeding the garden and now managing the bushland. Starting almost 10 years, the Redlands IndigiScapes Bushcare Group initially was made up of local residents and centre volunteers working on the centre main entrances and gardens. Unfortunately closing due to volunteer commitments around 2005, there was a period when IndigiScapes had no Bushcare Group. Then in 2007 the Bushcare Team planned to bring the group back life.
With several attempts to attract general interest failed, the team sourced help from the Redlands IndigiScapes Friends Association (RIFA). The members of RIFA successfully started the group and welcomed fresh faces from the general community. As the group progressed, it become less of a RIFA group and was renamed the IndigiScapes Bushcare Group in 2010.
The group meets on the third Thursday each month from 8.30am. For more information contact a Bushcare Officer on 3824 8611.