We're actively working with local Friends groups in the restoration and protection of remnant indigenous vegetation at sites such as Welfare Parade, Ashburton and to revegetate important natural areas such as the Yarra River frontage and Gardiners Creek.

Friends of Ashburton Forest

This group has arisen out of the Backyard Biodviersity project and is working on local revegetation projects.

Contact: Friends of Ashburton website

Friends of Back Creek

This group works along Back Creek between Cornell Street and Riversdale Road, Camberwell, controlling weeds and escaped garden pest plants and revegetating with indigenous riparian species.

Contact: Friends of Back Creek website or phone 0400 077 439

Friends of Burke Road Billabong

This group works to re-establish indigenous vegetation at the Burke Road Billabong site. They generally meet on the second Friday monthly from 9am to 1pm.

Contact: Friends website or phone Stanley Barker 9890 5092 or 0403 419 565

Friends of Gardiners Creek Valley

This group works between Winton Road and Great Valley Road to reduce weed and exotic species and re-establish indigenous flora and fauna habitat along Gardiners Creek in Glen Iris. They meet every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm from April to October and 9am to 11am from November to March.

Contact: Friends website or phone Trevor on 9818 1835

Friends of Koonung Creek Reserve

This group was created in early 2011 to foster community involvement in and appreciation of the Koonung Creek Reserve (between Bulleen and Doncaster roads, Balwyn North). The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month. 

Contact email:

Friends of South Surrey Park  

This group works in South Surrey Park to enhance the attractiveness of the park and to improve native habitat and the condition of the creek. They meet on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm followed by lunch at Cafe Biscotti.

Contact: Ursula Povey on 9836 6149

Friends of Walmer Street

This group works to restore the riverine environment in Walmer Street  and land between Young Street and the footbridge in Kew. They meet every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm and the on the first Saturday each month from 2pm to 4pm.

Contact: Parks Victoria Friends of Walmer Street Bushland webpage or phone Kate on 9488 3999

Friends of Wurundjeri – Hawthorn Historical Society

This group works on the banks of the Yarra in Wurundjeri Gardens, Glan Avon Road, Hawthorn to re-establish indigenous plants and represent Aboriginal food plants and materials. They meet on the first Tuesday each month from 10am to 12pm.

Contact: Dorothy on 9818 4706