Interested in Landcare near you?
We've identified 13 reserves on public land in Maitland that are perfect for Landcare and want to find community members who are interested in getting involved.
The location that attracts the most interest from the community will be set up first, with next most popular sites to follow in future years.
As part of our Memorandum of Understanding with the Hunter Regional Landcare Network, we're committed to setting up two new Landcare sites within a year of the signing.
Following a high level of community interest, a regular group was set up in Bolwarra last year and is open to everyone to join. We're now in a position to set up another site.
There are existing Landcare groups you can join in Bolwarra (behind John Wilkinson Sporting Complex in Bolwarra third Sunday each month), Luskintyre and Earthcare Park in Tenambit.
This reserve is one of the largest patch of remnant bushland in the locality covering approximately 20 hectares of Lower Hunter Spotted Gum Ironbark Endangered Ecological Community.
It is one of the last refuges for native fauna in the area and possesses numerous hollow-bearing trees providing nesting sites for numerous bird species. The area has been disturbed in the past with large areas colonised by exotic species.
This drainage reserve located between McKeachies drive to the east and Oakhampton road to the west includes a dry creekbed and detention basin. It is part of an east-west corridor across the suburb of Aberglasslyn and was created as part of the residential development for stormwater management. It links directly to the creek adjacent to McKeachies Oval that drains into to local wetland.
Numerous waterbirds frequent this area, and there is potential to improve habitat for other native species.
The Morpeth Common is a former Greening Plan site and different areas were revegetated between 2000 and 2016. The part of the site designated in red possesses a canopy of Blue Gums. Unfortunately, this is all that remains from the Greening plan revegetation as the understory is now dominated by exotic species.
Among others are the aggressive vines Madeira vine and Morning glory that are smothering the understory and climbing over the Blue Gums, threatening the long term health of these trees.
This drainage reserve located between Watervale Crescent to the north and Seasons Crescent to the south includes a dry creekbed and two detention basins. It is part of an east-west wildlife corridor across the suburb of Chisholm and was created as part of the residential development for stormwater management.
As with other drainage reserves, it provides habitat for numerous waterbird species, and there is potential to improve habitat for other native species by re-establishing a shrub layer in some areas to provide shelter for small woodland birds.
These two sites provide essential wildlife corridors within the locality. They possess remnant vegetation of Endangered Ecological Communities (EECs) – Hunter Lowland Redgum Forest and of Freshwater Wetland Complex.
There is high potential to improve connectivity through revegetation.
Somerset Park is a former Greening Plan site with over 9 hectares of land revegetated since 2002. The different areas revegetated suffer from poor species diversity with vast areas consisting mainly of Swamp Oak and lack of connectivity between them.
There is potential to revegetated corridors between the different patches of vegetation to help native fauna in moving across the entire site and increase species diversity to improve resilience.
Eckford reserve does not possess much vegetation and is a blank slate for potential Landcarers.
Revegetating the bottom area of the reserve will help create habitat for native bird and increase canopy cover in the locality to mitigate urban heat.
This reserve is one of the largest patches of remnant bushland in the locality covering approximately 5 hectares of Lower Hunter Spotted Gum Ironbark Endangered Ecological Community (EEC). The area has been disturbed in the past with large areas colonised by exotic species.
While revegetation opportunities are limited within the reserve, the highly invasive weed Lantana has colonised large areas that will require removal and ongoing maintenance.
This drainage reserve located between Darcys Circuit to the north and Hillcrest Drive to the south includes a dry creekbed and a detention basin. It is part of the north south riparian corridor of Wallis creek and was created as part of the residential development for stormwater management.
As with other drainage reserves, it provides habitat for numerous waterbirds species, and there is potential to improve habitat for other native species by re-establishing a shrub layer in some areas to provide shelter for small woodland birds. The site also has low tree cover and represents one of the best opportunities to increase canopy cover in Gillieston Heights.
A large area of Stockade Hill Park has been earmarked for revegetation using native species to reestablish the original plant community.
A great opportunity to plant thousands of trees and shrubs to link scattered vegetation present onsite and create a diverse habitat for native fauna.
Rathluba Lagoon is a former Green Plan revegetation site. The creeks draining into the lagoon have been partially revegetated since 2002.
There are opportunities to enhance the existing riparian vegetation and link them along the edge of the wetland to improve connectivity.
This large area of bushland is commensurate with the Lower Hunter Spotted Gum – Ironbark Forest Endangered Ecological Community (EEC).
It is high quality habitat for a range of native species. It is in fairly good condition, but large areas of the reserve have been colonised by Lantana. In addition, a large area of exotic grassland has great potential for revegetation.
Tannant Avenue is a small bushland gully with some remnant vegetation. The canopy layer is fairly intact with large gum trees, but the understory has been colonised by Privets and Lantana.
Work in the reserve will focus on removing exotic species from the understory and reestablishing a native shrub layer.