Protecting Albury's Woodlands
One of the great things about living in Albury is the plants that make up our distinctive landscape – the golden flowers of silver wattle and kangaroo thorn, the vibrant purples, yellows and reds of pea flowers, the striking pinks and blues of orchids, the fragrant chocolate lily and the fascinating carnivorous sundew.
It’s often taken for granted, but we need to recognise how valuable and vulnerable our native vegetation is. If we don’t, we may end up losing it altogether. This is the risk facing Albury’s natural Box Gum Grassy Woodland.
What you can do to help protect our woodlands
- Keep native vegetation on your property.
- Use local native species in landscaping around your home.
- Keep roadsides that are signposted Significant Roadside Environment Area in a natural state. This means no mowing, clearing or ‘tidying up’.
- Plant local native species in 20m–40m wide strips along your boundaries if you live next to native roadside vegetation.
- Don’t collect firewood from woodland areas.
- Remove invasive species such as privet and hawthorn from your garden, and don’t plant environmental weeds species such as watsonia, agapanthus, lavender and freesias near bushland.
- Don’t dump lawn clippings and garden waste in the bush.
- Install nest boxes for native animals.
- Keep cats inside or in an approved cat pen at night.
- Desex your pets.
- Protect native vegetation on your property by keeping stock out and removing woody weeds. You can improve it by revegetating the understorey and planting to connect patches of bush.
- Consider a private conservation agreement for your land.
- Join a local conservation group.