Published On 18 July 2018 at 01:30 PM
Sutherland Shire is known for our beautiful, natural environment and you have told us how much you value our natural spaces, bushland and parks.
One of the ways Council works to protect our natural environment is through our Native Plant Nursery, which is located on the Boulevarde at Gymea.
We grow more than 250 local plant species and last year we produced around 100,000 native tube stock. What’s a ‘tube stock’ you might ask?
Well, our nursery sources local species of plants to grow and distribute to the community, which of course are perfect for our local gardens. Our staff collect seeds and cuttings from local, native plants and when the sprouts become seedlings we replant them, with the help of our many community
volunteers, into tube-style pots. The seedlings are then called ‘tube stock’.
What do we do with tube stock? They are used for all sorts of planting and landscaping projects but are probably best known as the native plants that are given away to Sutherland Shire ratepayers each year, something we have been doing for over 30 years! So keep an eye out for your vouchers that are included with your Council rates notice.You can redeem your voucher for two free tube-stock size native plants – a
great way to support our environment into the future!
Carmelo Pesce - Sutherland Shire Mayor
Below: Mayor Pesce with native seedlings from our Nursery