Gardening with Natives
By planting indigenous plant species in your garden, you can help to preserve the unique character of the bushland in the Hornsby Shire area, as well as provide important habitat for native animals and birds.
For a comprehensive list of indigenous species for planting download - Indigenous Planting Guide - 771kb.
Create a Native Garden Booklets
Council has produced three booklets with assistance from the Environmental Trust. They provide specific information on plants suited to three different regions in the Hornsby Shire area.
Northern Suburbs Guide - includes Asquith, Berowra, Berowra Heights, Brooklyn, Cowan, Dangar Island, Hornsby Heights, Mt Colah, Mt Kuring-Gai.
Download - Create a Native Garden - Northern Suburbs - 1.1MB
Southern Suburbs Guide - includes Beecroft, Carlingford, Castle Hill, Epping, Eastwood, Glenhaven, Hornsby, Cheltenham, Cherrybrook, Normanhurst, North Epping, Pennant Hills, Thornleigh, West Pennant Hills, Waitara, Wahroonga, Westleigh.
Download - Create a Native Garden - Southern Suburbs - 1.1MB
Rural Suburbs Guide - includes Arcadia, Berrilee, Canoelands, Fiddletown, Forest Glen, Galston, Dural, Glenorie, Laughtondale, Hawkesbury, Maroota, Middle Dural, Singletons Mill, Wisemans Ferry.
Download - Create a Native Garden - Rural Suburbs - 1.1MB
These booklets are also available as hard copies from the Environment Counter at Council's Administration building. For further information, or to arrange a copy to be posted to you, contact the Bushland and Biodiversity team (02) 9847 6832.
Properties near water
River side areas serve many important functions, including purifying water by removing sediments and other contaminants; reducing the risk of flooding and associated damage; reducing erosion; increasing available water and stream flow duration by holding water in stream banks; supporting a diversity of plant and wildlife species; and maintaining a healthy habitat for native animals and fish.
The Riparian Species List - 18kb has been compiled for residents who plan to plant near creeks and rivers.