What is Landcare?

Landcare is a volunteer based Australia-wide movement which has grown considerably since its inception in 1989. The Landcare movement is now almost 2,400 groups strong across New South Wales with over 550 groups in the Hunter Region alone. The Landcare ethic is straightforward and practical - working together as a community to help create a healthy environment now and for the future.

Landcare is supported by all levels of government, from federal through to local. Maitland City Council has demonstrated strong support for co-operative Landcare initiatives across the Local Government Area for many years.

Passionate people addressing local urban and rural environmental issues from Landcare groups. Landcare projects focus on improving environmental health in natural systems including bushland, rivers and wetlands, both on farms and in urban areas. Landcare projects aim to address local environmental issues by:

  • Establishing native trees, shrubs, grasses, sedges and rushes;
  • creating food, shelter and habitat for our local wildlife;
  • cleaning our air of pollution and creating oxygen;
  • stopping soil erosion;
  • improving the health of the soil;
  • creating places where people can relax, and come in contact with wildlife;
  • Monitoring water quality through the WaterWatch Program.

Local Landcare

Landcare in Maitland began in 1991 as just one group. Today Landcare across the Maitland region encompasses several Landcare groups and projects under the banner of the Hunter Region Landcare Network (HRLN). These groups undertake a variety of activities, including bush regeneration, wetland rehabilitation, urban stream management, rehabilitation of the Hunter River, revegetation of cleared land, community education, native seed collection, plant propagation, nest box construction, weed control and water quality monitoring.

Join a Local Landcare Group 

There is an unlimited amount of work to be done to repair our local environment. The Hunter Region Landcare Network is always keen to hear from people who are interested in lending a hand and getting involved in Landcare activities.  To register your interest phone 0478214498 or email or go to

Download Landcare Information Below:

Download Councils Creating a Biodiversity Friendly Backyard brochure here.