Dorrigo Plateau Region


Dandarrga Native Nursery

Dandarrga Landcare is based on the Dorrigo Plateau, and is a member group of both Bellinger Landare Inc and Clarence Landcare Inc. 

We are an enthusiastic group of people with skills in bush regeneration, propagation of rainforest species, project management and community education.

Our main goals are to:

• Encourage and assist local landowners and property managers with weed control and bush regeneration
• Catalogue and share information about local native rainforest species (See Species Info)
• Provide access to local native seedlings and seed stock at Dandarrga Native Nursery
Our current projects include propagation and planting of local rainforest and pioneer species, and privet control, along local waterways:
the Blicks River at Dundurrabin
Deep Creek, Dorrigo
Bielsdown River, Dorrigo
Rocky Creek, Dorrigo (with Mountain Top Landcare)
We welcome new members interested in learning about and improving our local natural biodiversity.

Download a Membership Form for 2021 docx

JULY 2020 NEWS pdf 227k



Dandarrga Native Nursery

        Collecting Antarctic Beech seed
We manage a native nursery at the Dorrigo Showground. Working Bees since September 2017 have refurbished three existing greenhouses, built a shade tunnel and added composting bays and gardens. Grants and donations have since been used to install rainwater tanks and automatic irrigation.
The Dandarrga Native Nursery has been open for business since 11th December 2017.

Opening hours are Mon, Wed, Fri and Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

August 2021 Stock List pdf 450k



We operate on volunteer labour, donations, goodwill, and shared resources, and we are receiving income from grant funding, donations and tree sales. We are training local unemployed people in collaboration with Centrelink and the local job agencies. We meet and network with many local people interested in native plants. We are delighted at the generous donations of local native seed, cuttings,  seedlings, compost materials, books, advice and support. 

Acknowledgements to our generous donors

February 2018 

Bellingen Shire Environmental Community Levy Fund

Bellingen Shire Council have generously granted us some start up
funds from the Environmental Community Levy Fund to purchase
nursery equipment. We are very grateful! Much needed tubes,
trays and labels have been purchased and are being put to good
use growing rainforest and other native species.

March 2018 

Wettenhall Environment Trust

Many thanks to the Wettenhall Environment Trust for a small grant for community education. We aim to record and share data about our local native flora species, and show how they fit into the web of life in our region. We are hosting free weekly Rainforest Species ID workshops at the nursery, and will use the grant to develop further workshop material and fund workshops in 2018, as well as publish our data online and train local unemployed people as citizen scientists. See our first instructional video here.

On 16th March, Dr. Jacky Williams gave a public presentation on Planetary Stewardship and Landcaring. Jacky is an environmental scientist based at UNE. She has had a long history of working in rural communities - from forest activism, landcare chair and coordinator and managing a regional natural resource management organization, before deciding to explore more in-depth research of the issues and barriers for rural communities in looking after Country.  Download her presentation here.(pdf)



Update June 2020 Bellingen Shire Environmental Community Levy Fund

A small grant from Bellingen Shire Council's Environmental Levy Community Fund in 2019 helped with installing irrigation, and providing native soil and more tubes for the Dandarrga Native Nursery.A generous grant in 2020 has helped fund our new rainwater tanks and automatic irrigation system.

Our new tank

Many thanks to our generous GoFundMe donors for the majority of the financing, and to Sandy Eager of Bellingen Landcare Inc for setting up the GoFundMe page!

Bellingen Shire Council Grants 2021

We are delighted to have been allocated $15,000 from the Assist and Empower Fund. This year will see improvements to the nursery infrastructure, enabling a safer working environment, expansion in our plant production and more community workshops.
The Environmental Levy Community Fund has again provided funds, this year $5,000, to the Bielsdown River Care Project. The Bielsdown River runs through our town, and will benefit from weed control and plantings, in collaboration with local residents and Council officers. Two workshops on River Regeneration will be presented by Lindy Davis of Mountains to Coast Bush Regeneration.
Download our Newsletters:
May 2018 (pdf)


Learning our local rainforest species

Privet and honeysuckle control, bush regen

Rainforest, creek restoration, seed collecting

Download group KML