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Hug a tree – the evidence shows it really will make you feel better

By |May 2nd, 2016|

Shelby Gull Laird

We know that trees have many benefits. In forests they provide habitat, wood, biodiversity and ecosystem services. In cities, they can mitigate the urban heat island effect by cooling the air and reducing greenhouse gases.

But, perhaps surprisingly, there is increasing evidence that trees are also good for our mental health.
Are we all tree-huggers?
The […]

Learn more about the insects and mini-beasts in your own backyard

By |April 28th, 2016|

Susan Lawler, La Trobe University

I recently wrote about how important it is to be able to identify plants and animals. Knowing the names of species that live around us helps us to connect to nature.

Yes, you can enjoy greenery and birdsong without knowing which species are involved, but recognising the call of a magpie while […]

Let us know what you want to learn about at a ‘Wildlife in your backyard’ workshop

By |April 22nd, 2016|


Local residents plant 500 trees in Harrington Forest

By |March 22nd, 2016|

Harrington Park families helped plant 500 trees in Harrington Forest last Saturday.

“Harrington Forest is a rare and beautiful endangered ecological community of the Cumberland Plain Woodland” says Margot Law, Bush Mates Project Manager.

“Planting days like these are great opportunities for locals to get outdoors, learn a bit more about their environment and be a mate […]

Add a splash of colour to your backyard with native flowers!

By |March 17th, 2016|

We’re giving away 200 native plants at the Harrington Forest Planting Day for you to take home and put in your backyard! All you have to do is come along to the Harrington Forest Planting Day this Saturday and you’ll be able to take some home.

Details for Harrington Forest Planting Day

Date: 19th March 2016, 9am […]

Harrington Forest Planting Day this Saturday –

By |March 14th, 2016|

Don’t forget your gardening gloves!
Photo credit: Phil Burns via / CC BY-NC-SA

Half a million people picked up rubbish this Clean Up Australia Day

By |March 7th, 2016|

Over 682,000 volunteers have rallied to clean up their local parks, waterways, beaches, sporting fields, bushland and roadways at over 7,117 locations across Australia. This is an increase of nearly 1,000 more sites than in 2015.

Since the Clean up Australia Day started 26 years ago Australians have donated more than 31.2 million hours towards removing […]

Only two weeks to go to the Harrington Forest Planting Day!

By |March 4th, 2016|

We need your help to plant 500 trees in Harrington Forest on the 19th of March!


Photo credit: CIFOR via / CC BY-NC

Want to escape the heat? Head over to Bents Basin!

By |February 26th, 2016|

“It’s HOT!” might be the understatement of the century as our weather this February is smashing temperature records – so we need to cool down!

Our new favourite swimming hole is at Bents Basin, just off the Nepean River – you can swim, picnic and go on a bush walk! And if you don’t feel like […]

Get Your Hands Dirty At The Harrington Forest Planting Day!

By |February 16th, 2016|

We need you to get your hands dirty and to help us plant 500 trees in the beautiful Harrington Forest! Bring the whole family along for a big day out in Harrington Forest planting Eucalypt and Wattle trees.

After we have finished planting the trees, Bush Mates will put on a free sausage sizzle to reward […]