Camden Haven Landcare work at Kendall to restore the river bank

Hard at work: Camden Haven Landcare volunteers Barry Barr,  Richard Cullen, Christine Cullen, local Landcare coordinator Stephen Allwood and president Jim Lewin.

Hard at work: Camden Haven Landcare volunteers Barry Barr, Richard Cullen, Christine Cullen, local Landcare coordinator Stephen Allwood and president Jim Lewin.

Camden Haven Landcare volunteers were hard at work on July 13 on the river bank of Graham Street, Kendall. 

President Jim Lewin said the area was labelled as a riparian zone. 

“It’s important to preserve the bank for the river,” he said. 

“What was growing here was all introduced species which were not good for the native vegetation, fauna and flora.” 

Since work began three years ago Mr Lewin said a lot of the native environment has recovered. 

“It’s encouraging a lot of the native animals have come back too,” he said. 

The introduced species latana, morning glory and the tobacco bush pose a major threat to the ability of native plants to thrive. 

One introduced species can make birds infertile if they eat the seeds of the plant. 

Mr Lewin said people can also can now enjoy the outlook of the river due to the clearing of the introduced species. 

The Camden Haven Landcare members have began putting in plants but they are being careful only to plant those which are native to the area. 

The work is a continual process. The group has two sessions a month at the site. 

Mr Lewin thanked the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council for their support. 

For more information or to become a volunteer please call Jim Lewin on 0402 201 945.

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