Castle Hill Heritage Park Blue Gum High Forest Restored

The NSW Environmental Trust, in conjunction with the Hills Shire Council, has completed a major restoration project of the Blue Gum Upper Forest in Castle Hill Heritage Park.

Over the past three years, the Council has been able to rehabilitate parts of Blue Gum High Forest thanks to an $81,030 grant from the NSW Environmental Trust as well as in-kind contributions provided by the Council.

The site has undergone a significant transformation that has seen the regrowth of native plants replace the dense, thick weeds that previously overran the banks of the creek.

The project also saw the removal of 0.6 ha of woody weeds such as Privet and Lantana along the creek, and regular bush regeneration was also carried out to help native plants regenerate.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi said: ‘Castle Hill Heritage Park is a wonderful community asset for local families and it looks better than ever after the Blue Gum High Forest restoration project’ .

“I would like to thank the NSW Environmental Trust for providing this grant, which has enabled us to help restore the critically endangered Blue Gum high forest,” he said.

“I encourage members of our community to join their local Bushcare groups to help maintain our precious native bush alongside Council contractors who will continue this work into the future,” Mayor Gangemi said.

This project has been proudly supported by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.

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