North Head Sanctuary Foundation
is working with Government agencies
towards the establishment of
on North Head
at the gateway of Sydney Harbour
- a flagship for Australia's
and a celebration of
our natural and cultural heritage.
Car-rang-gel Sanctuary on North Head, Sydney
North Head Sanctuary Foundation Nursery
North Head Sanctuary Foundation agreed with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
that a Business
Plan for Car-rang-gel (North Head) Native Plant Nursery for propagating
North Head species can be used for revegetation in the
Sanctuary and nearby areas.
Group is a part of the North Head Sanctuary Foundation. We are a
group of volunteers, working with the Sydney Harbour Federation
Trust to improve the grounds of the North Head Sanctuary.
Much of the Sanctuary is Eastern Suburbs Banksia
Scrub (ESBS), an endangered ecological community, and we aim to
showcase in particular the plants that belong in the ESBS.
The group started by constructing the nursery itself,
and began propagating in February 2009.
What do we do?
* Collect seeds
– we have a licence to collect within the North Head Sanctuary
* Prepare and grow the seed material
* Collect and grow cuttings – some plants are not
easy to grow from seed
* Grow the material on until it is ready to be
* Prepare areas for planting
* Plant in the areas agreed with the Trust
* Plant out
Reuse our plastic tubes
* Weed as
* Maintain our planted areas
* Maintain the nursery
* Keep a record of what we do
* Tackle challenges – plants that we find
difficult to propagate for one reason or another
* Enjoy working at North Head
* Get great satisfaction when plants that we have
grown start to bloom
Where are we planting?
source material from all over the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust North
Head site, and plant in a number of locations.
Check them out as you walk around the site:
1. Opposite the nursery and semi-circle to the north of
Old Oval – bandicoot habitat
3. Beside and in front of the old gym
4. North Fort
5. Scenic Drive road edge
6. Berm along Scenic Drive
Entrance of North Fort Road (School Of Artillery)
Area between Crossfit Gym and the Childcare Centre
Here are some photos of the progress of planting out opposite
Building 20 and the nursery.
The view opposite
the nursery at the end of 2009 before planting began.
The grass was poisoned, the mulch arrived and
volunteers spread it around.
Volunteers planted seedlings that had been grown in the
By 2011, the area looked like this.
By mid 2012, the protective plastic surrounds were no
longer needed and the trees were well over an adult's head.
Here is the same area in May 2016
What are we planting?
Acacia terminalis v. t
|| Xanthosia pilosa
protection for our Long-nosed Bandicoots
an endangered population of long-nosed bandicoots at North Head.
been working with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and
Australian Wildlife Conservancy to develop some “vegetative links”
- small areas of dense foliage where the bandicoots can take
refuge, forage and hopefully soon start to nest.
these links means that the bandicoots can forage in the mown grass and
mulched areas and never be far from a safe haven.
area was planted early in 2010 – the photo shows two volunteers
planting out the bandicoot refuge and putting a protective mesh around
it. By early 2012 the area was thriving, the protective mesh had long
since been removed and the bandicoots were using the area for refuge
and to forage.
Two volunteers in 2010 are planting out the
and putting a protective mesh around it.
Invitation to join
We, in the Nursery group together those who help with
weeding and planting, enjoy what we are doing and can see that our
work is having a positive impact in the surrounding environment.
you would like to join us, call Jenny Wilson on 0414 735 350 or
normally meet Tuesday and Friday mornings, but we sometimes have weekend
There is a small group of people working to
produce information for visitors to North Head.
Click here to see their
preparations for creating plant identification information for Eastern
Suburbs Banksia Scrub species
This is the same area in early 2012 with the Lomandra
offering a hiding place for bandicoots and some
of the surrounding grass
has been removed and replaced with leaf
litter and new plantings.
Head Sanctuary Foundation, P.O.Box 896, Balgowlah, NSW 2093
This page was coded for the North Head Sanctuary Foundation
by Judith Bennett.