Local friends groups
Local friends groups work tirelessly to restore and protect remnant indigenous vegetation and to revegetate important natural areas. By volunteering with a local group, you can help maintain biodiversity in the parks and reserves in your area.
Friends of Ashburton Forest
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. To find out more, see Friends of Back Creek.
Friends of Burke Road Billabong
This group is helping to re-establish indigenous vegetation at the Burke Road Billabong site. For more information, see Burke Road Billabong Reserve.
Friends of Gardiners Creek Valley
This group is working to reduce weeds and exotic species and re-establish indigenous flora and fauna habitat along Gardiners Creek in Glen Iris. To find out more, see Friends of Gardiners Creek Valley.
Friends of Koonung Creek Reserve
Created in early 2011, this group fosters community involvement in and appreciation of the Koonung Creek Reserve (between Bulleen and Doncaster roads, Balwyn North). To find out more, email Friends of Koonung Creek Reserve.
Friends of South Surrey Park
This group is working to enhance the attractiveness of South Surrey Park and improve the native habitat and condition of the creek. For more information, see Friends of South Surrey Park.
Friends of Walmer Street
This group is helping to restore the riverine environment in Walmer Street and land between Young Street and the footbridge in Kew. Phone 9488 3999.
Friends of Wurundjeri – Hawthorn Historical Society
This group is working on the banks of the Yarra River in Wurundjeri Gardens, Glan Avon Road, Hawthorn, to re-establish indigenous plants and represent Aboriginal food plants and materials. Phone 9818 4706.
Local environment groups
An independent, not-for-profit community action and resource centre for Melbourne, based in the City of Boroondara. See Borderlands Co-operative for more information.
Eastern Suburbs Permaculture Group
Members of this group share a desire to reduce their ecological footprint and benefit from sustainable practices, with a particular interest in urban living and gardening. See Eastern Suburbs Permaculture Group for more information.
A committed local climate action group, Lighter Footprints aims to lead and stimulate action to help ensure a safe climate future. For more information, see Lighter Footprints.
If you're interested in being part of the thriving community of people growing and sharing food, see community gardens and food sharing.
Joining a cycling and walking group is also a great way to meet people, keep fit and reduce your carbon footprint.
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