Councilís Nursery has been raising local native plant species at the Weeroona Road Works Depot since 1996. Since this time over 150,000 plants, comprising over 160 species, from the Cooks River Castlereagh Ironbark Forest, Cumberland Woodland, Turpentine - Ironbark Forest and Saltmarsh vegetation communities have been propagated. Species propagated range from minute groundcovers, such as Laxmannia gracilis (Slender Wire-Lily), to large trees such as Eucalyptus longifolia (Woolybutt).
The nursery has contributed extensively to local revegetation projects in both the Cooks River and Parramatta River catchments of Strathfield and adjoining Council areas. Projects within Strathfield include:
- Cooks River Restoration Project
- Yarrowee Wetland at Freshwater Park
- Men Of The Trees plantings along the Cooks River and Coxs Creek Canal
- Re-vegetation works along Powells Creek Corridor and Mason Park Wetlands.
Other projects the nursery has contributed to include:
- Chullora Wetlands (Bankstown)
- Coolabah Reserve Wetland (Rockdale)
- Gough Whitlam Park (Earlwood)
- Highcliffe Road Bioretention Basin (Canterbury).
Propagation material for these projects was initially sourced from the remnant bushland areas of Strathfield and Rookwood Cemetery. The establishment of seed orchards of particular species in subsequent years has helped reduce seed collection pressure on these valuable remnant patches. As demand for additional species or greater genetic diversity increases it may be necessary to collect propagation material from larger bushland reserves in surrounding areas and continue to supplement existing seed orchards within Strathfield.
The ongoing development of the Council nursery has resulted in the successful reintroduction of many species of plants into Strathfield that have otherwise disappeared. Examples of this include the use of species such as Pandorea pandorana (Wonga Wonga Vine) and Scaevola albida (Fan Flower) for landscaping purposes at the Town Hall. Occasional street tree plantings of existing species such as Melaleuca decora† (Cloud Tree) reinforces the existing population and ensures a future seed source with a high level of genetic vigour. Where possible the nursery also provides plants for events such as National Tree Day and for giving away to the community during Local Government Week.
The recent redevelopment of Councilís nursery aims to decrease negative effects on the surrounding environment and promote sound environmental practices within its environs.
Promoting Community Gardens
Council has recently moved to implement the development of a Community Garden at Laker Reserve. Councilís nursery may assist the gardenís development via the provision of propagation material, plants, media and a seed processing and storage facility for this purpose.†
The production of plants by Councilís nursery allows for their use in Councilís thriving volunteer Bushcare program. †Councilís nursery was also one of the sites used by the successful Growers for Greenspace volunteer program. As the nursery continues to develop it is anticipated there will be an increasing volunteer presence that will in turn allow for the production of more plants for general use in the community.
Access to Native Nursery
Councilís nursery is located in a secure site that is used as a works depot and storage facility by Council and is therefore not generally open to the public. Direct access to Council's Native Nursery therefore requires an appointment.† An appointment can be arranged by calling Councilís Nursery Horticulturist on 0406 384 869 or email email@example.com .
The fee schedule for purchasing plants is contained in Council's fees and charges.