The Bush For Life program
The bush needs your help
O ur bushland is struggling to survive. Feral
plants and animals are pushing out native
species, clearance has left isolated islands of
bushland surrounded by agriculture and housing,
and industry and recreational activities are
damaging the remaining patches.
What you can do
Every patch of bush needs a friend or two.
The best way to help our bushland regain its
vitality and secure its long term survival is
to use natural processes to allow it to heal
and regenerate itself and by understanding
and appreciating its intrinsic value.
Volunteers in the Bush For Life program learn
about our vanishing ecosystems and how using
minimal disturbance bush regeneration techniques
encourages the natural regeneration of plant
communities and the animals they support.
Get involved Bush For Life Program volunteers
Step One: Attend a workshop Individual Carer
A t a one-day Bush For Life workshop you will learn:
• why the bush needs your help;
D ean has been caring for his Bush For Life site on Research
Road, Strathalbyn since 2005. The site is an unmade road
reserve owned by the Alexandrina Council and contains important
• the best strategies for restoring ecological processes; remnant vegetation. Trees For Life works with the council to
• minimal disturbance techniques; protect and manage the vegetation. Dean is looking forward to
• how to work safely in the bush, and seeing the long term improvements his bush regeneration works
• how you can get involved as a Bush For Life volunteer. bring, especially since the site has been closed to traffic. By visiting
the site regularly over the years to do bush regeneration, Dean has
been able to see a real change in the diversity of understorey plants
and native grasses.
Step Two: Choose how you want to be involved
Working as a Group
G etting a group of friends, colleagues or teammates together to
adopt a Bush For Life site is a great thing to do. After attending
a Bush For Life course, members of the ‘Ayn Academy adopted
Bridgewater Reserve in the Adelaide Hills and now visit once a
month with a Bush For Life Regional Coordinator to do a morning’s
bush regeneration work. “It’s wonderful to have been allocated a
site to look after,” Sumeja said. “This enables all of us to connect
better with our patch of land and feel like we are indeed doing our
bit for environmental conservation.”
Participate in a group activity Adopt a site Work on your own bushland
F or those who like to work with other like-
minded people, we offer regular small group
activities in a range of bush locations. When
I f you want to ‘adopt’ a site and commit to it for
more than a one-off activity, then we can
allocate you one of our many bush regeneration
I f you own a bush block you may be interested
in taking part in our Private Lands Program.
In return for a commitment to use your new
Bush Action Team participant
you attend a group activity you will be sites, in a location convenient to you. One of our
bush regeneration skills on your bushland, our orking with others in a group and visiting a different site every
supported by a Bush For Life supervisor who Regional Coordinators will introduce you to your Regional Coordinator will help you with species time suits Jenna. She chooses activities that suit her schedule
will help the group undertake bushcare work site, discuss a site plan, supply you with basic lists, technical advice and supplying basic bush from a program of activities Bush For Life produces each season.
for a few hours or up to a whole day. You will bush regeneration tools and safety gear and get regeneration tools and safety gear. If you would Jenna says “It’s a great way to see different types of bushland, not
be given equipment, safety gear and guidance you started. You can work alone or with others, like additional help from volunteers to support only that, it’s heartwarming being with like-minded people.” Bush
needed for the task at hand. This is a great visiting the site at your own pace, for as much or your own work, we can organise a group For Life also runs occasional extended three day trips for groups to
way to learn new skills, see new bushland sites little time as you like. We recommend a activity or offer your site as an option for a do bush regeneration works on our sites on the Yorke Peninsula or
and meet others. If you choose a full day Bush minimum commitment of three hours a month volunteer wanting to provide regular assistance in the Murray Mallee.
Action Team activity which is not close to your to ensure the site is receiving appropriate .
home, you can also catch the BAT Bus from attention. Your Regional Coordinator will
TFL headquarters at Brooklyn Park. provide you with on-going guidance, replenish
supplies and even organise a group activity to
support your work if you need help tackling a
B ush For Life offers opportunities for continuous learning.
You can discover more about the plants and animals that
inhabit the bush and also learn about the weeds that G lenyss and Bob own 50 hectares of stringy bark woodland near
Inman Valley and are part of the Bush For Life Private Lands
Program. Although they live in the city, they visit their block
threaten them. Importantly, you will understand and use the
regularly to use their bush regeneration skills, eradicating invasive
best techniques to get the natives regenerating and defeat weeds and helping restore the bush to health. They welcome other
invasive weeds. You can also attend Bush For Life advanced volunteers onto their land too. Trees For Life can help participating
workshops, which cover topics such as native plant and grass private landholders by occasionally organising teams of volunteers
identification, advanced bush management techniques, to help with some of the on-ground works.
brushcutting for biodiversity and lots more.
Bush For Life achievements
T he Bush For Life program has more than 300
established sites across South Australia in the
Mount Lofty Ranges, Murray Darling Basin, the
Yorke Peninsula and the Mid North, covering more
than 4000 hectares of native vegetation.
An estimated 700 active volunteers contribute
over 28,000 hours of on-ground works each year.
That’s equivalent to nearly $1 million worth of
in-kind contribution to the Natural Resource
Management of South Australia each year.
Funding and Partnerships
T he Bush For Life program works with more
than 20 Local Governments, 3 Natural
Resource Management Boards, 5 corporate
landholders and over 80 private landholders. If you’d like more
information on the Bush
The program is funded through contributions
For Life program including
from Trees For Life members, sponsors
dates for upcoming
and contributions from Local Government
and corporate landholders, including: Management workshops
or the Private Lands
Adelaide City, Adelaide Hills, Alexandrina, The Barossa,
Clare & Gilbert Valleys, Light Regional, Wakefield Program, please contact:
Regional and Mid Murray Councils, the cities of Burnside, Trees For Life
Marion, Mitcham, Onkaparinga, Playford, Pt Adelaide
& Enfield, Tea Tree Gully and Victor Harbor and the 5 May Terrace, Brooklyn
district councils of Mallala, Mt Barker, the Rural City of Park SA 5032
Murray Bridge, Town of Gawler, Office for Recreation
and Sport, Bicycle SA Inc, Dept. Transport, Energy & Phone: 8406 0500
Infrastructure, SA Water, Blackwood Golf Club, Aboriginal
Lands Trust, TransAdelaide and Electranet SA. Email:
Trees For Life also gratefully acknowledges the Website:
funding support of: www.treesforlife.org.au
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
Natural Resources Management Board
South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
Natural Resources Management Board
Northern and Yorke
Natural Resources Management Board