Regeneration and rejoicing at Cooma Cottage

As part of the National Trust (NSW)’s 75th Anniversary celebrations, Bushland Management Services (BMS) planted 800 trees at Cooma Cottage alongside the local community.

The project to conserve the natural environment surrounding the National Trust property was generously supported through the Australian Government’s Communities Environment Grant Program 2019 – 2020.

The delayed anniversary celebrations took place in April 2021, and saw 55 hardworking volunteers signing up to help plant 800 trees. Before work commenced, the recruited volunteers received expert training in best practice bushland management and regeneration.

The aim of the project was to rehabilitate the land between the heritage buildings and grounds down to the Yass riverbank – which was weed affected. To help ensure survival, the trees were protected with bunny boxes and weed mats.

Over time the area will be restored to a healthy ecosystem of native plants that will improve habitat for native wildlife, biodiversity, water quality in the river and help prevent erosion of the river bank.

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