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Hayters Hill Nature Reserve cloned across neighbouring St Helena slopes
December 14, 2021December 14, 2021
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Hayters Hill Nature Reserve cloned across neighbouring St Helena slopes

Along the Byron Bay-facing ridge of St Helena escarpment – the steep hillside which timbergetters once used to launch giant logs to ships waiting in the Bay – a hidden rainforest is emerging. For around 15 years, private landowners have taken it upon themselves to fund extensive replanting of rainforest, creating 250 acres of reborn...

End of Year Update: Progress Returns and Funding Flows for Science Saving Rainforests Program
December 9, 2021December 9, 2021
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End of Year Update: Progress Returns and Funding Flows for Science Saving Rainforests Program

As another turbulent year draws to a close, Big Scrub Landcare paused to hold its AGM on Sunday, reflecting on a period where progress returned despite continuing uncertainties in the broader community. In his President’s report, Dr Tony Parkes described 2020-21 as a continuation of a succession of excellent years for our Landcare group. Throughout...

New Projects Manager appointment at Big Scrub Landcare
November 3, 2021November 3, 2021
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New Projects Manager appointment at Big Scrub Landcare

Big Scrub Landcare’s President Dr Tony Parkes AO today announced the appointment of Renee Borrow as Projects Manager. Renee is an environmental scientist with a background in threatened species conservation and management, ecosystem restoration and climate change mitigation. She has worked in research positions with Southern Cross University, Greenloaning Biostudies and NSW Department of Planning,...

Where the rainforest meets the Cape: Inside the old-growth remnants of Hayters Hill
October 29, 2021October 29, 2021
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Where the rainforest meets the Cape: Inside the old-growth remnants of Hayters Hill

A contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member Dan Scott. Original version of story published in the Byron Echo. From the balcony of Neil and Erica Holland’s Hayters Hill home, visitors enjoy an uninterrupted view of Cape Byron Lighthouse and its coastal plains. It’s a breathtaking vista, punctuated by rolling green hills and the sparkling of...

The Song of the Forests
October 25, 2021October 25, 2021
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The Song of the Forests

A contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member, Ken Dorey. Photo by Iain Stych. In a recent blog post, I featured a Northern Star article from 1924 that described the Big Scrub and the “heroic” efforts of building the village of Bangalow. I also considered the monumental implications of their actions and wondered if they were...

‘The forest floor is covered in fruit’: Bumper year for Black Apples
October 25, 2021October 25, 2021
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‘The forest floor is covered in fruit’: Bumper year for Black Apples

Black Apple (Planchonella australis) is one of the largest bush tucker foods in the Big Scrub. A member of the Sapotaceae family, the same family as the persimmon, the fruit is slightly sweet, less tart than a Davidson plum and has a delicious texture. And, if you feel like foraging, the forest floor is currently...

Exciting opportunity ahead for Big Scrub Landcare
September 16, 2021September 16, 2021
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Exciting opportunity ahead for Big Scrub Landcare

The folk at Stone & Wood have gone from strength to strength since their story began in 2008.  Their homegrown business and not-for-profit inGrained Foundation have done extraordinary things for the Northern Rivers community, and they have been long-term supporters of Big Scrub Landcare.  Last week marked the start of a new chapter for the...

A mother-daughter legacy: The stewardship of Crystal Hill
September 1, 2021October 12, 2021
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A mother-daughter legacy: The stewardship of Crystal Hill

By Chris Byrne, Communications Manager, Big Scrub Landcare. Original version of story published in Country and Coast Magazine. When they moved to Coolgardie, just south of Ballina, Stephanie and Julian Lymburner came in search of a treechange.  In their 40s, they left a busy picture framing business in Sydney looking to shift down a gear....