Bruce Cole Reserve – A Controversial History Tour
A guided walk that tells the story of Bruce Cole Reserve (BCR) as we know it from being part of the Governors Domain with extensive land clearing for farming and orchards to its controversial journey of becoming a unique reserve with an Ecologically Endangered Community and open park play space.
A guided walk that tells the story of Bruce Cole Reserve (BCR) as we know it from its designation as part of the Governors Domain with subsequent extensive land clearing for farming and orchards that gave way for developers to create the suburb. Previously in the hands of Blacktown Council, the reserve was originally named Kindelan Reserve and then later named after Bruce Cole, a surveyor.
Recognising it contained significant remnant plants, a local resident campaigned to have the detrimental mowing regime stopped. With the support of the National Trust a Bushcare project was created by WHaT (Winston Hills and Toongabbie) Bushcare.
Some 20+ years later, the reserve punches above its weight, offering a unique example of part tall open forest bushland, an Ecologically Endangered Community and part mown open space for more active pursuits with play equipment, picnic tables and a BBQ facility.
It has both a Park Committee and Bushcare group who strive to improve the environs.