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What is Bushcare?

Hornsby Shire Council Bushcare program has been running since 1989. The program is one of the earliest and one of the largest in New South Wales. Bushcare volunteers restore bushland areas and help creating a better natural environment for current and future generations. There are 400 registered volunteers working at 65 different sites across Hornsby Shire, stretching from North Epping in the south to Glenorie in the north and Dangar Island in the east.

What do Bushcare volunteers do?

Bushcare volunteers contribute to the restoration of degraded bushland areas into healthy natural ecosystems. Volunteers control weeds, improve native animal habitat and plant local native species. Bushcare is a great program where you can enjoy the outdoors, make friends and learn about nature.

Find a Bushcare group near you

bushcare group map

Use our interactive map to find a Bushcare group located near you.

Become a Bushcare volunteer

If you would like to contribute to the conservation and the rehabilitation of Hornsby Shire‘s bushland areas, look no further, our Bushcare program is for you!

If you would like to become a Bushcare volunteer,

  1. Use our interactive map to find a Bushcare group located near you or we can send you the details of a suitable Bushcare group in your area.
  2. Fill in the short online application form and we will contact you to invite you to an on-site session.

Sign up online

Anyone caring for their local bushland reserves. Bushcare volunteers are all ages and come from all walks of life.

Most Bushcare groups meet once a month for around three hours. Days and times vary from group to group.

Most Bushcare groups meet routinely for 3 hours, once a month. Days and times vary from group to group.

No prior knowledge is required. Just bring along your enthusiasm! Council offers an introductory workshop to all Bushcare volunteers as well as on-site training. All Bushcare groups are supervised by an experienced and qualified supervisor.

Bushcare News


Your Hornsby Shire Council Bushcare Newsletter for volunteers.

Annual Newsletter 2024

ENews – September 2023



Previous Newsletter Editions

Bushcare volunteer resources

Great resources about bush regeneration for bushcare volunteers or anyone interested in bushcare.

Bushcare photo competition

View the winning photos of the bushcare 2023 and 2022 photo competitions.

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