The Northern Beaches is fortunate in having many areas of natural beauty. Council partners with local residents to preserve and maintain these areas through our Bushcare program.

Bushcare is all about community volunteers working with Council to conserve and rehabilitate publicly owned natural bushland. There are over 350 volunteers who work at over 50 different sites throughout the Northern Beaches. 

Most Bushcare groups work at set times through the year, for two or three hours each month.

No experience is needed. We have activities to suit all levels of participation.

Tools, training and guidance in bush regeneration techniques, and morning or afternoon tea are provided! 

View the Position Description - Bushcare 

Become a Bushcare Volunteer

  1. Check out the site map and select a preferred site.
  2. Complete the online enquiry form. 
  3. We will get in contact with you and book you into one of our regular Bushcare sessions.
  4. Complete an onsite induction with one of our qualified supervisors.
  5. Start your first volunteer shift.

Community Nurseries

Our Community Nursery Program enlists the help of dedicated volunteers who propagate thousands of indigenous plants (including rare species) each year. These plants can then be used by Bushcare volunteers or by Council as part of our ongoing works program.

  • Manly Dam Community Nursery - Every Friday morning from 8.30am to 12.30pm
  • North Curl Curl Community Nursery - Every Monday from 9am to 12pm

DPI Weed Alerts

The Department of Primary Industries Biosecurity urges volunteers and the community to be on the lookout for weeds that pose a significant biosecurity risk to NSW. Find out more

More information

Contact the Bushcare Team: 

Bushcare group stories

Learn more about our hardworking Bushcare Groups and the challenges and successes they have had with their regeneration work.

Bushcare sites

Find a Bushcare site near you, or anywhere within the Northern Beaches at a time that suits your lifestyle.

Bushcare photo competition

See the winners of the annual Northern Beaches Council Bushcare photo competition

Bushcare volunteer enquiry form

To become a Bushcare volunteer, complete this enquiry form. We will get in touch to arrange for you to attend one of our regular Bushcare sessions ...

Community Nurseries

We operate and manage 2 nurseries that grow and supply over 25,000 plants with the assistance of community volunteers. 

Corporate Environmental Volunteering

We combine environmental education, team and community building and getting out into the local environment to improve and restore our beautiful ...