Emma Reynolds plants a tree in honour of her mum, Bernadette Mackinnon

After treating their mum to a lovely breakfast in bed, local families helped plant 500 trees in Spring Farm bushland corridor on Mothers’ Day.

“Planting a tree for mum is one of the most beautiful presents a family can give,” says Margot Law, Citizen Science Officer at the National Parks Association of NSW. “It’s a lovely tribute for the strength, support and love of mums and a gift that plays a vital role in restoring the ecosystem.”

The Spring Farm bushland corridor is an example of the rare and endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland, which was once present all over Western Sydney but is now reduced to small disconnected patches.

“We are keen to launch a local bushcare group to continue look after the 500 trees that Spring Farm families planted. We want to build on the hard work of this planting day and make sure these plants survive and fill their potential,” says Ms Law.

Bushcare groups are a great way for the community to contribute to learn about their local environment as well as restoring local bushland. The Spring Farm Bushcare group will be participating in a new project, Bringing the Buzz Back to the Cumberland Plain Woodland, which examines how pollinators respond to bushcare.

“There will be plenty of opportunities for the community to become citizen scientists by helping with pollinator and butterfly surveys,” says Ms Law.

Please get in contact with Camden Council if you are interested in joining a bushcare group at Spring Farm: bushcare@camden.nsw.gov.au

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