Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Landcare Program

Our Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Landcare Program makes a difference to our environment. Join us by volunteering to protect and improve our natural areas.

Protect, restore & enhance our natural areas

Are you interested in protecting and restoring our natural environment? Our program helps our community to connect with the natural environment and encourages active community involvement within our natural areas.

Help regenerate our bushland areas by volunteering at a community tree planting day or joining a Bushcare or Landcare group. Our volunteers help plant over 60,000 native trees every year. They undertake undertake ecological restoration across priority conservation land within our city. Our Natural Areas Management Unit coordinates the work.

Join a group or community tree planting activity

The program coordinates and supports many group activities working within designated parks. There are also special tree planting events such as Koala tree days, National Tree Day, Junior Landcare, Threatened Species Day.

Register online to attend a group or tree planting activity. Visit our City Events calendar or download the Beaches to Bushland six-monthly calendar(PDF, 2MB)

Upon registering online, you will receive all the information about location, what to wear and bring and notice if the event is cancelled. Spaces are limited.

A City officer attends the sessions and will be able to induct you on site.

If you have a group of more than 5 wanting to join our session, contact us to confirm which session would suit you.

Find out more about each group and their works below:

Email: naturallygc@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 5581 1537

Become a member

If you would like to become a regular volunteer with a specific group, you can sign up and become a member.

You will need to attend at least 1 session to obtain membership approval. Find the group you're interested in and register online via the Beaches to Bushland calendar.

If you have attended a session in the last 3 months you can sign up here using our online form:

Become a member

School & corporate tree planting events

Host a tree planting day for your school or corporate group.

Our team coordinates the event. We prepare the planting site, and provide materials and plants. We provide on-ground supervision by qualified bush regenerators. We also maintain the planting long term to ensure its success.

Corporate groups can take part by scheduling a session for their group as a team building day. Some charges may apply to buy the trees.

Groups are more than welcome to join us for an existing event. Spaces for existing events may be limited. You will need to contact us to check. Contact us to discuss locations, dates and times that may be available:

Phone: 07 5581 1537
Email: naturallygc@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Note the following requirements:

  • Bookings are essential and must be made at least 6 weeks in advance.
  • Group size: at least 30 and no more than 50 participants per session (school groups are an exception).
  • Eligible planting days are Tuesday to Thursday from April to October (subject to availability and weather conditions).
  • We are unable to schedule private tree planting events on weekends or for non-environmental, themed events.
  • We do not cater for scheduled tour groups, conferences, or private events such as birthdays.
  • Participants must wear appropriate clothes, enclosed shoes, gloves, hat, and bring drinking water.
  • All sessions go for 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • There is a maximum of one session per group in a one-year period.
  • We do not participate in media or marketing for these events. We do not permit business marketing or sale of products on the day.
  • Fees apply for corporate groups to cover the purchase of plants.

Natural area planting locations include:

Aims of the program

The program aims to:

  • increase the biodiversity of native flora and fauna
  • improve and expand habitat for native animals
  • reduce sediment and erosion along our waterways
  • improve water quality and health of our waterways
  • improve the health of native vegetation
  • get the community involved in managing bushland areas
  • educate the community on best practice ecological restoration
  • build partnerships
  • provide a fun volunteer experience.

Benefits for volunteers

By volunteering to help with the program you can:

  • make a difference to our local environment
  • socialise with like-minded people
  • be active and healthy – you'll feel the health benefits after each session
  • undertake a variety of training courses
  • take part in social events held throughout the year
  • explore new areas of the Gold Coast
  • learn bush regeneration skills you can use in your own backyard
  • learn about our native flora and fauna
  • spend time in nature with proven benefits for wellbeing.

Our role in the program

We support Bushcare and Landcare groups by providing:

  • materials including native plants, tools, herbicide, safety equipment, plants, mulch and weed mats
  • skilled ecological restoration staff to coordinate the city-wide program and provide support
  • ecological restoration staff to attend Bushcare and Landcare sessions
  • ecological restoration plans to guide works
  • public liability insurance and personal accident insurance for all approved Bushcare activities and volunteers (aged between 3 and 90 years) working on Council owned or managed land
  • education and training information through access to NaturallyGC workshops
  • on ground technical training including:
    - native plant identification
    - best practice restoration
    - site planning
    - weed identification and removal techniques
  • awards and social gatherings to acknowledge volunteer achievements
  • contractor management.

Program awards

  • Queensland Landcare – Partnerships with Landcare award 2019
  • Queensland Landcare award finalist for 'Partnering with Landcare' – 2013
  • Healthy Waterways Government Award finalist – 2014