Bushcare’s Major Day Out in Mosman
The Bradley Bushland Reserve is on Middle Head Road, a corner of harbourside Sydney wedged between the road, tennis courts and playing fields. You can come along on Sunday September 9th 2012 and help restore this locally unique patch of sandstone heathland which honours the Bradley sisters, Eileen and Joan, who developed bush regeneration in the area in the 1960s.
These days Mosman is better known for its zoo, breathtaking views and some exorbitant property prices than as the home for thirty years of two women who helped to bring grassroots environmental activism into being. It was in their local bushland that these unlikely and ladylike eco-pioneers, working with other members of their local resident action group, got down on their middle-aged hands and knees and carefully, systematically, began to weed out the plants they believed to be out-of-place among the native flora.
After Joan Bradley’s death in 1982 The Mosman Parks and Bushland Association lobbied to have the hectare of bushland dedicated as a memorial to the Bradley sisters. At the opening of the reserve in 1988 Milo Dunphy, then director of The Total Environment Centre, spoke persuasively of the importance of community groups concluding,
Today as the implications of the Greenhouse Effect are beginning to occupy us we need the sort of minds that regard an acre of natural bushland as precious, that can nurture it in the tiniest detail and draw general principles from it applicable to millions of acres up and down the country.
Fast forward and much has changed for the better. Land managers like local councils have money to spend on bushland management. Bushland is considered precious, not as available space for which a use has yet to be found. Great initiatives like Bushcare’s Major Day Out keep things moving in the right direction by involving communities in the care of their local patches of bush.
However, some things have changed for the worse, most obviously increasing pressure on the natural environment. If you want to be one of many small parts of a solution you can join us here on Sunday Sept 9th from 9 am until 1 pm, or at any of the 100 metropolitan sites around Sydney and the rest of the country.
Experienced supervisors and tools will be provided as well as a free barbie afterwards for participants.
About Bushcare’s Major Day Out
On Sunday September 9th 2012 in Landcare Week, at over 100 city and country locations across Australia, everyone is invited to gather and do their bit for our remaining bushland.
Bushcare’s Major Day Out is a day specifically designed to give of us the opportunity to find out what is being done and what can be done in our own neighbourhood.
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