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.
Nursery Location & Eco-Annandale Walk
The Nursery relies on volunteers to operate, collect and propagate native seeds, weed and plant in our local area. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge required. A hat and sturdy shoes are all you need to bring. The Nursery provides tools and protective gear for the variety of activities.
Just turn up at the Nursery or a Busy Bee in the area. Where you can get to know the plants that are endemic (native/indigenous) to the inner west of Sydney. You can also learn how to propagate these plants and create habitat for birds, skinks and frogs in your garden or pockets of bushland in the local area. It's a great way to meet the locals!
There is also a Pyrmont Ultimo Landcare group. More at www.pyrmontultimolandcare.org.au/
There are also bushcare activities at Ewen Park, on the Cooks River in Hurlston Park
The Rozelle Bay Community Native nursery operated in Chapman Road, Rozelle Bay (Annandale) from the mid 1990s. On the 29 August 2012, Mayor Rochelle Porteus joined volunteers and staff from Leichhardt Council, for a soft opening of the new Nursery in Wisdom Street, Annandale
A permanent home for the Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery in Wisdom Street, at White's Creek Valley, Annandale
In February 2012, the Wednesday group tasted Bunya Nuts, from Callan Park...more
Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery operated from Chapman Street, Annandale: 1998-2012
The nursery came about through the voluntary efforts of individuals, in particular the tireless leadership of Beth Buchannen, David Lawrence and more recently Bronwen Campbell.
Plaque reads: "The Leichhardt Community thanks Beth Buchannen and David Lawrence for their inspiration and tireless work in bringing the bush back to Annandale." Bench is located under large Fig Tree, near Aqueduct between Nelson St and Nelson Lane, Annandale - Photographs Marghanita and Bridget 27 September 2012
Marghanita and Bridgette, who worked with the RBCNN in the early 2000s chanced on the Bench, while surveying the Bushcare sites, around Annandale and Chapman Street nursery.
Planting out the Verge in front of the New Nursery.
Bev and Bronwen the Pigeon
Shirley and Merrilyn collecting seeds from Lillipillis.
This page www.ramin.com.au/annandale/rbcnn.shtml last updated 29 March 2013