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Signs of regeneration at Figtree Hill

  • 21 Apr 2023

Signs of regeneration at Figtree Hill

We’re regenerating parts of the Figtree Hill project site as part of our agreement with the NSW Government’s Biodiversity Conservation Trust to protect and manage biodiversity and native vegetation.

This work includes removing livestock and an infestation of African olive weeds along Menangle Creek that has suppressed the growth of healthy native plants. These weeds are a persistent problem in the Cumberland Plain and produce an abundance of small black fruits, which are eaten by birds who spread their seeds.

To help minimise further growth, local expert horticultural contractors, JL Civil, have used machinery to grind and chip all the woody weeds found along the Creek area. This method is considered the most efficient way of stopping the spread of the weeds and means the debris can be recycled and returned to the conservation areas as a dense mulch which will help to improve the soil.

The next step in the bush regeneration process is to encourage native grasses and groundcovers to come back and start flowering, which will help pollinating insects and the natural regeneration of the bushland. JL Civil will also replant the areas with native trees and shrubs.

Lendlease holds biobanking agreements across 22 hectares of Figtree Hill. The project undertakes management and monitoring activities throughout the year as part of the agreement and has targets to reduce all invasive weeds on the site to less than 10%. Learn more about our bush regeneration program.