Sutherland Shire Council’s Bushcare Fair is set to return this month offering residents a plethora of native plant species and specialised advice to support horticulture hobbyists across the community.

Following two years of interruptions due to the pandemic, the community event has been given the green thumbs up to return this Sunday 18 September at Parc Menai to celebrate Sutherland Shire’s diverse local bushland and raise awareness of Council services and partnering organisations.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce said the event will see a host of activities, demonstrations and services on hand for all ages to engage with.

“The Bushcare Fair is a fantastic opportunity for our community to come together, learn about our treasured local bushland and gain expert advice on how best to support your own residential green spaces,” Mayor Pesce said.

“It’s also a great way to find out more about how you can lend a hand to restore and maintain our urban bushland by contributing to Council’s Bushcare program, which is supported by over 700 dedicated volunteers who work incredibly hard all year round to protect and care for over 120 local reserves.

“Representatives of our Bushcare program, Community Nursery, Greenweb program and Waste Services will be available throughout the day to answer all your horticulture questions.”

This free event will be held from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 18 September at Parc Menai, 158/168 Menai Road Menai and will offer demonstrations on a range of initiatives from composting to identifying native plant and invasive weed species. A variety of native plants will also be available for sale, with a sausage sizzle also set to be held onsite.

Representatives from the Australian Plants Society, NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES), Menai Wildflower Group, and NSW Rural Fire Service will also be onsite to provide advice on their services.

“I’d encourage everyone from established garden gurus to backyard hacks to head on down with your family and friends, check out the demonstrations on offer, and learn more about how you can play a role in supporting the sustainability of our natural environment,” Mayor Pesce said.