Click and Collect Your Free Nursery Plants

Hills residents can now pre-order their four free Nursery plants online from The Hills Shire Council’s Bidjiwong Community Nursery.

They will then be able to pick up their plants contact free at the nursery entrance at the allocated time.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi said the new “click and collect” system will allow residents to access the much-loved nursery in a safe and convenient way, while also securing their four free plants for their yard (per calendar year).

“This is a fantastic initiative, which highlights the good work this Council is doing in the environmental sector,” Mayor Gangemi said. “Our community nursery generally produces around 60,000 plants a year, which is just phenomenal. Of these, some are picked up by residents, while others go to our parks and reserves, including Equinox Drive Reserve where 19,190 plants were recently planted.

Another 679 plants went to Kellyville Park and 4,000 plants are expected to go along River Road in Lower Portland and Leets Vale. These plants are native to Australia and we even have plants that are local to the Hills Shire, which makes them suitable to our conditions, soil and local wildlife. When the plants grow, they also provide great shade canopy for residents and the community.

The free plant giveaway is available all year round and residents can sign up for the waiting list at www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/ Services/Environmental-Management/Bidjiwong- Community-Nursery. Plant types often change each time and are dependent on stock levels

Adding to this, Council’s Bushcare has returned after a short hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you have a green thumb? Bidjiwong Community Nursery is looking for volunteers. They will receive training in all aspects of the nursery.

Nursery Plants

Volunteering is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The volunteer-based program focuses on the restoration and maintenance of Council bushland. Volunteers complete hands-on work as they care for native bushland, as well as conduct plant identification, fauna and flora monitoring, weed control and seed collection for propagation at Council’s Community Nursery.

Council’s Bushcare sites are located throughout the region, from South Maroota to Baulkham Hills and West Pennant Hills. Bushcare is open to people of all ages. However, children under the age of 18 need to be supervised by a guardian.

To join a Bushcare group, or for any further information regarding Bushcare, contact Council’s Bushcare Officer on 9843 0555 or email council-[email protected].

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