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Watagan weeders

Watagans National Park

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Get involved in this new volunteer initiative to restore native bushland on the picturesque NSW Central Coast. Just 1hr from Newcastle, we’ll work to stop weeds from invading Watagans National Park.

Bush regeneration, weed and pest management

Group meets once a quarter

Join up

Put your green thumb to good use and volunteer with Watagans bushcare. This newly-formed group has already made a large impact on protecting the rainforest within Watagans National Park. They've cleared over 2ha of lantana from the NSW Central Coast in their first outing.

Take this chance to engage with your local community and continue this rewarding work alongside like-minded people. By helping keep the weeds out, you'll be protecting the towering canopies of red cedar and Illawarra flame trees that call Watagans National Park home. You'll also be preserving the habitat for the local lyrebirds and kookaburras commonly spotted in this park.

The group meets quarterly, all year round, except in the middle of summer. It's a great activity if you're passionate about preserving the natural environment and have some gardening knowledge. If you're not an experienced gardener, training is provided by the group convenor or national park staff.

Wear closed-in shoes, long-sleeve clothing, sunscreen and a hat. You'll also need to bring drinking water, a raincoat, lunch and snacks, gardening gloves and insect repellent (optional).

Tools and a hardhat are supplied.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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