Backyard Bushcare

Backyard Bushcare is all about working with local people to help protect and enhance the beauty and biodiversity of the whole of the Great Lakes coastal strip, including Forster.

The project provides a number of ways to get involved and learn about weed issues, make a difference in your local environment, as well as making your own garden more beautiful and wildlife-friendly.

Approximately 65% of bushland weeds in Australia are garden escapees - plants originally brought in as attractive garden plants which have, through seeds spreading or green waste dumping, jumped the fence and invaded natural areas.

Back in 2013, over 1,100 private properties in Forster were inspected for invasive and noxious weed species. We then developed the Backyard Bushcare program to address this serious environmental threat. The inspected properties are a particular focus for the program.