The Friends of Aranda Bushland (FoAB) is a park care group interested in conserving and promoting their natural bushland environment, and adjoining bushland areas.
The Aranda Bushland is a 100 ha reserve of eucalypt forest and woodland on the southern slopes of Aranda Hill, the north side being the suburb Aranda. It adjoins Black Mountain Reserve to the east and The Pinnacle Nature Reserve to the west, and forms part of Canberra Nature Park, a network of urban open space reserves throughout the national capital.
We have been active in the conservation of the Aranda Snow Gums Heritage Site, a frost-hollow below the Aranda Bushland, adjacent to William Hovell Drive, the only surviving Snow Gum patch within the city of Canberra.
Snowgums lost through accidental spray drift from spraying briars have been replaced with seedlings grown from local seed by local schools. FoAB members also undertake regular erosion control, weed control and monitoring activities.
For a summary of our activities for each year since 2005, please go to Annual Reports.
Monthly work parties
On the first Sunday of every month we have a work party, either in the Snow Gums or in the Aranda bushland. Activities vary according to the time of year.
In spring and summer our energies are concentrated on weeding – St John’s Wort, Paterson’s Curse, wild mustard, African Capeweed and others need to be controlled so that the native grassland species have the space to grow.
In autumn we switch to planting of native grasses and similar low-growing species. Winter is the time for repairing the walking tracks and controlling erosion in the gully.
Short Summer Work Parties
Every Sunday, 8:30 to 9:30 am
Task: We have an urgent need to weed the lower grassland, where St John’s Wort is threatening to be a big problem this summer.
We do not use herbicides on some parts of the grassland, because of the sensitive native flowers growing there.
Meet: 8:30 am (or earlier if possible) at the “Environmental Work in Progress” sign on William Hovell Drive eastbound, as indicated by the arrow.
Wear/Bring: Wear strong shoes and bring a hat and gloves. Tools will be provided.
For more information: Contact Jenny Andrews on 6251 2427 or at
Friends of Aranda Bushland Field Guide to the Flora of the Australian Capital Region as photographed in the Aranda Bushland (2nd ed, 2007). The guide contains 179 plant species, 302 colour photos, two maps and an index. It was put together by FoAB members with the help of the Botanical Gardens Herbarium staff and a grant from the Federal government. It’s a perfect size for carrying in pockets and backpacks, and provides an easy-to-use- aid to identifying the flora of the Aranda Bushland.
Our Patch is available from FoAB, but can also be obtained at the Botanical Bookshop, the Uni Co-op Bookshop and the Yarralumla Nursery.
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