Wingecarribee Community Nursery

The Wingecarribee Community Nursery was established by Wingecarribee Shire Council in 2007 to provide Bushcare and Landcare Groups the opportunity to grow endemic plants for their various on-ground revegetation and rehabilitation projects.

Wingecarribee Community Nursery

Background

  • Current nursery was established in 2007 to satisfy the ‘high demand per annum for plants of provenance to cater for a variety of on-ground revegetation and rehabilitation projects.

  • It was originally envisaged that it ‘will only operate on a trial basis for the first year of business and will work on a small scale of production. 

  • Financial support from the Hawkesbury Nepean and Sydney CMA enabled the construction of propagation igloos and the purchase of a seed storage fridge and other infrastructure, in mid-2009.

  • Poly / Hot / Mist House established in 2010.

  • Further upgrades were undertaken in 2016 / 2017 which saw amongst other things a poly carbonate greenhouse established with under bench heating to help plants establish through colder periods of the year

  • The nursery was established and still operates as a not for profit / non monetary entity. Plants are not provided for sale to the general public but are provided free of charge to revegetation and rehabilitation projects e.g. Bushcare / Landcare (on council land) projects within the Wingecarribee shire.

Reason for Establishment

  • Nursery to provide Bushcare and Landcare groups and other volunteers with the opportunity to grow specialised endemic plant species for their own or other bushcare / council sites, in very small or larger quantities. 

  • Provide a consistent source of quality provenance plant stock for rehabilitation projects.

  • Increase the range of indigenous plant species available for rehabilitation projects

  • Build a community spirit, and co-operation with other environmental groups further uniting the Bushcare Network

  • Increase current  Bushcare Network volunteer capacity

Numbers of plants propagated

Volume of plants varies depending on revegetation projects planned for the year. Although quite variable, approx. 8000+ plants are propagated per year