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Protecting the Cumberland Plain Woodland

The Australia Botanic Garden includes the natural remnants of the Cumberland Plain Woodland vegetation.

Protecting the Cumberland Plain Woodland

Critically endangered

Cumberland Plain Woodland is listed as a Critically Endangered Ecological Community under state and commonwealth legislation.
The Australian Botanic Garden includes natural remnants of Cumberland Plain Woodland vegetation. These are being managed for their long-term protection. They are also managed as sites for scientific research into the biodiversity and ecology of the woodland. 

View the video Cumberland Comeback (2:14min) for an overview of the history of the management and use of the Cumberland Plain Woodland. Starting with the environmentally sustainable management by the local Aboriginal people, the Tharawal, through to management of the woodland remnant today. 

Ecological scientists from the Garden have spent years trying to understand the ecology and interactions of species in the woodland so that they can manage it to ensure that all the native species continue to survive. 

They have shared their findings on the Woodland ecology page. This is so that visitors and land holders can appreciate and protect not only the woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden, but also the remnants of woodland that are elsewhere in western Sydney.

Retain, protect, manage

There are three key steps recommended for the management of Cumberland Plain Woodland on private and public lands:

  • Retain all existing native vegetation
  • Protect any retained native vegetation by fencing, consolidating or linking small areas to enable regeneration between them
  • Manage native vegetation, including control of weeds and feral animals, encouraging plant regeneration and creating linking vegetation corridors

Protecting the Cumberland Plain Woodland activities

  • Use satellite view in Google Maps to view the Cumberland Plain Woodland remnant areas at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, and nearby natural areas. Identify surrounding land uses and trace vegetation corridors. In what ways could people living in close proximity to areas of Cumberland Plain Woodland help protect it? Compose a short phrase that could be used as the tagline in a campaign that raises awareness of ways to care for native woodland communities.
  • Use natural loose materials to make a model on the ground that demonstrates the recommended fencing of pockets of remnant woodland vegetation. Remember to consolidate smaller patches and create corridors.
  • Investigate the ecosystem health of local natural areas such as in the school grounds or local parks and bushland. Visit the area and record species diversity and any threats to the area. Design and produce solutions to maintaining or improving local biodiversity. 

Want to know more?

Ecology of the Cumberland Plain Woodland.

A year in the woodland

Branch Out podcast – Cow Paddock to Biggest Botanic Garden.