Author Archive | Warren Walker

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Restoring the Gib

Every week for nearly two decades a small group of volunteers has been systematically weeding and assisting natural regeneration on Mt. Gibralter. Their goal is to rid the reserve of environmental weeds working from the top down. They are methodically removing all unwanted vegetation, freeing the forest from dominance by weeds such as English Ivy, […]

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Bringing in the Birds

In the Southern Highlands we have an amazing range of birds that occur naturally. Surrounding our urban areas a bounty of biological diversity is provided within national parks, water catchment areas, nature reserves and state forests. Bringing in the birds to our urban areas makes sense as they provide many benefits such as pollination, seed […]

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Science Vs Myth, Ignorance & Prejudice.

When Science is Considered the Facts Remain. Last month I explained some of the science behind creating an effective windbreak and why one of the most popular species planted for windbreaks/hedges in the southern highlands is not a good choice when the science is considered. This article prompted community interest with the result being a […]

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Stopping that Wind

Recent gale force winds caused havoc to our lifestyles. They inflicted damage to infrastructure and many gardens.  Effective windbreaks can greatly reduce the impact of gale force winds. Having been a resident of the Southern Highlands for over thirty years I have become accustomed to the ferocity of winds experienced in our region. Traditionally they […]

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Colour in the Winter Garden

Winter can be a rather sad time in traditional highland gardens. Adding colour and the sounds of nature to gardens over winter can brighten our lives. By incorporating colour into the garden during winter we reduce some of the negative impacts winter has on our souls. Traditional highland gardens are geared to provide maximum colour […]

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Selecting Hedges

Selecting the right hedge improves your lifestyle, enhances our environment and does not require excessive maintenance. Hedges provide many benefits such as privacy, wind protection, ornamental statements and flowers. Well-designed hedges and shelterbelts also provide valuable habitat and vegetation corridors for birds and native mammals. New homeowners eagerly seek plants for hedges and screens. Most […]

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Why Plant Weeds?

If we truly wish to preserve the natural beauty of our surrounds for future generations, the planting of environmental weeds in gardens should cease. Viable and beautiful alternatives are available. The Southern Highlands is blessed with natural beauty. Surrounding our urban areas a bounty of biological diversity is provided within national parks, water catchment areas, […]

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Explaining Ecological Communities

Many different types of ecological communities exist within the Southern Highlands. It is important that people understand what an ecological community is as many of Wingecarribee Shire’s ecological communities are classified as endangered by either the State or Federal Government and are protected by law. An ecological community is defined as a group of actually […]

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Why Plant Natives

For over thirty years I have been passionate and enthusiastic when creating native landscapes and preserving the beauty and abundance of our natural environment. Most newcomers to the Southern Highlands (long term locals traditionally calling them “blow-ins”) embark upon a quest to establish exotic landscapes, the most common being the English or Tuscan garden. These […]

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Creating a tranquil garden

Why do people use the same old boring plants to create gardens that are as inspiring as an accountant’s suit“? (with apologies to all our colourful accountant readers) Over the holiday period I had the privilege of seeing a re-run of ‘Australian Story’ on ABC TV, featuring Dame Elizabeth Murdoch. Certainly an intelligent and compassionate […]

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