During the 18th and 19th Centuries, the Turpentine-Ironbark Forests which covered Sydney were cut down for their valuable timber. Annandale house was constructed almost entirely of local Cedar *. The remaining local provenance vegetation succommed to farming, possibly mining clay, for pipes, domestic ware and bricks, sandstone quarries for construction, and eventually sub-division and residential development.
The Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery, works to reintroduce Local Provenance species. Local Provenance species are those which have adapted to a particular area's climate, rainfall patterns, salt water innundation, sunlight, soil, birds, animals and insects. The purpose built nursery located in Wisdom Street Annandale, features recycled ironbark timber from the old Pyrmont Bridge, perhaps from an ironbark tree that grew in Annandale.
The Rozelle Bay and Callan Park Bushcare groups, in particular, use the Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery to propagate plants for Local Provenance Plant corridors around Annandale. These corridors provide habitat for a wide variety of native birds and other animals.
The nursery has relied on the support of Reg Richardson and his staff Betty and John, from Self Security Storage who have provided free water and electricity since 1997.
The nursery is currently located at the end of Chapman Rd. Enter Chapman Road from the roundabout at intersection of Nelson St and the Crescent and it is just past the self storage. map A permanent purpose built nursery has been proposed in Wisdom St Annandale.
No experience is necessary, but please wear closed sturdy shoes and a hat. Groups meet at the Nursery or at various sites around the Leichhardt Municipality.
"Volunteers from the Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery (RBCNN) have been propagating and planting locally-indigenous species, weeding, and mulching in parks near the Glebe and Rozelle foreshores for more than 10 years, to restore some of the area’s original plant diversity and wildlife habitat...." - National Trust, Bush Week in the City 2010
To learn more: just turn up, phone Doug Anderson 9367-9326 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Provenance Plant corridors and pockets have been established at 25 sites in the Leichhardt Municipality, in addition to plantings on the Rozelle Bay foreshore:
The nursery is also supported by The City of Sydney, Leichhardt Council, Landcare, Government grants, Volunteers from The Body Shop, Westpac, American Express,Starbucks,local schools and Green Reserve from Conservation Trust for Volunteers. Ramin Communications has provided the nursery with a web presence since 1998.
A Finalist in Keep Australia Beautiful's 1999 Metro Pride Award, the Nursery has received a variety of grants. Including:-
The Federal Park Saltmarsh Wetland, close to Rozelle Bay, has great significance as a prototype for ecological restoration in an urban setting. It reinstates a simulated tidal estuary, lost when the Johnson's Creek estuary was landfilled.
This page www.ramin.com.au/annandale/rbcnn-2.shtml last updated 20 September 2012