May 8, 2015

Wild at heart in the Eastern Suburbs

Nothing quite beats hanging in nature to escape the busy and noisy mess of city life. Even while there may not be lush forests or rolling fields in our Sydney eastern suburbs, the little bit of wilderness we do have goes a long way to help locals unwind, learn, heal, and exercise.  

Research shows that more time in nature does in fact help us thrive physically, emotionally, and mentally. There's also evidence proving that people who live closer to green spaces experience less anxiety and depression than others who live further away.   

And it's not just the wellbeing perks that natural spaces provide.  They're also great pollution filters and prevent erosion, which helps to keep our oceans clean.  And then there's the cute critters and native wildlife which call the Eastern Suburbs home. 

We're lucky to have many unique and beautiful bushland pockets in our 'hood.  They're nestled along our famous coastal walks, on the fringe of parks and rock faces, close to our beaches, buildings and  backyards. 

Sadly, their future is at risk due to rubbish dumping, weeds and pollution. Imagine life without them? If research is right, we'd be a miserable lot. 

So, as the world celebrates International Biological Diversity Day this month (22 May), there's plenty we can do to give back to our wilderness, which, well, ultimately means giving back to ourselves. 

Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Council values our wild places, committing to long-term plans for restoring remnant bushland sites to their former glory. This includes getting rid of weeds such as Coral Trees. It's a mammoth task which could really do with your help. 

How you can give back: 

  1. Volunteer for a local Bushcare group. They meet up on weekends at different times. For more info, email:
  1. Plant native shrubs and plants in your garden or on your balcony. The Randwick Nursery has a great selection of local species at affordable prices. 
  2. Pick up litter and dumped rubbish to keep our natural spaces clean and pristine. 
  3. Turn up to a National Tree Day event on 26 July or Schools tree day on 24 July. Celebrating  20 years,  this is Australia's largest community tree-planting and nature care event. See Tree treeday.planetark.org
  4. Get involved - Council will be rolling out other greening activities over the coming year. See Events 

If nothing else, get out into the great outdoors and explore the pockets of bushland on our doorstep. It's only going to do you good. 

 

Author: Nicola Saltman. Reprinted from The Beast Magazine

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