Landcare is a national network of thousands of locally-based community groups who care for our country. These groups work to improve our farmlands, restore our unique native vegetation, and preserve and enhance wildlife habitats. Joining a Landcare or friends group is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills and 'give back' to your community.
In the Macedon Ranges, we are fortunate to have a very active community Landcare and environmental friends groups who work to restore, maintain and enhance our local environment. These groups are supported by two regional networks, who help to coordinate their activities.
Learn more about Landcare activities happening in your area, and how you can get involved, by contacting your local group.
Upper Campaspe Landcare Network
This network supports groups to the north of the shire, including Woodend:
Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network and Jacksons Creek Eco Network
Both the Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network and Jacksons Creek Eco Network supports groups to the south of the shire:
Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group
An active and well supported network of residents keen to advocate for greener alternatives. They hold the highly successful Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival each year in Woodend. For more information, see: Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group
Kyneton Transition Hub
A group that holds regular events such as information sessions, garden gatherings and a community swap table at the Kyneton Farmers Market. They also participate in other community events and networks. For more information, see: Kyneton Transition Hub
Ashbourne Landcare Weed Action Plan
Local landowners have joined forces in Ashbourne to carry out weed control activities in the Upper Campaspe region. Thanks to enthusiastic support by group leaders, group members and 40 private landholders, an impressive 30% of the Ashbourne Landcare area is now being targeted for control.
Strawbale seat in Darraweit Guim
To celebrate 25 years of Landcare in Victoria, members of the Upper Maribyrnong Catchment Group built an 11 metre-long strawbale seat in Stockdale Reserve, Darraweit Guim. This was a first for everyone and a great learning experience. The seat faces a section of the group's extensive weed removal and revegetation work that formed part of its Deep Creek Platypus Habitat Rehabilitation Project.
Trees For Mum
This program was originally created by Landcare as a national memorial event for members of the community whose mothers had passed away. The event has since evolved into an annual native tree-planting celebration for the whole community, taking place on Mother's Day.
With support from the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network and Woodend Landcare, in 2013 over 250 volunteers planted 4,000 native trees to help regenerate sites in Woodend, Kyneton and Carlsruhe.