Bushland Fire Recovery

Adelaide Hills Council has provided funding support to Trees for Life, for a series of activities to assist the recovery of bushland burnt in the Sampson Flat and Pinery Bushfires.

The Bush For Life program engages volunteers to care for some of our best quality native bushland.

Now is the ideal time to undertake bushcare in the fire affected bushland. 

"Immediately after the bushfires, we had many calls from people wanting to help," Bush For Life program manager Amelia Hurren said.

"But in the early days after the fires, our priority was to give the native plants time to regenerate. Now that we've had significant rainfall and coming into spring, it's the perfect time to act." 

Adelaide Hills Council has been a supporter of Bush For Life since 1996 and volunteers care for 27 sites across the council area. 

Last year Bush For Life volunteers contributed an incredible 3400 hours (equivalent to 435 days) of their time to care for the native species and habitats in the area.

New funding has been provided by Council to work on fire affected sites to ensure the bush has the best chance to recover to full health. 

"The ability of native plants to regenerate after a fire is amazing," Amelia said.

"Only six weeks after the Sampson Flat bushfire the gum trees were already covered in epicormic growth and lots of small plants were popping up everywhere. Our priority now is to make sure we stay on top of the weeds and allow the native plants to flourish." 

If you are interested in volunteering on a fire affected site, Bushfire Recovery Bush Action Team have activities scheduled on:

  • Friday August 12 at Wasleys,
  • Thursday September 15 and Wednesday November 2 at Kersbrook, and
  • Friday November 4 at Inglewood.

No experience is required. To book your place in these activities contact Trees for Life on 8406 0500 or bfl@treesforlife.org.au

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