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Reaching new heights at the Cumberland

The Cumberland Reach is looking a lot greener thanks to the efforts of almost 30 community members at a recent planting day.

The event saw more than 400 new trees made up of 21 different native species planted along the riverbank site in a bid to reduce the impact of erosion as a result of floods, livestock and recreational use.

Local resident and founder of the Cumberland Reach landcare group Richie Benson said the planting day was the latest in a series of environmental works at the site made possible through a grant from Greater Sydney Local Land Services.

“The 100 acre property has been in the same family for 199 years and was in desperate need of restoration work due to erosion from flooding, boating and cattle grazing. The funding we received through Local Land Services enabled us to fence livestock out of the area and put a temporary pipeline in with taps and hoses built in to get the plants established,” Mr Benson said.

“It was a great team effort from everyone involved and this project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when the community comes together to help improve the local environment.”

Senior Land Services officer Linda Hanlon said the group had worked hard to improve the site.

“The group are a pleasure to work with and support. Cumberland Reach is such an important part of the Hawkesbury in terms of biodiversity and it is also a much-loved asset for the local community,” she said.

“The site is also significant in terms of Aboriginal significance, it sits on Darkinjung land with Aboriginal artefacts around the local area, so we are proud to support such important work.”

The grant was made possible through funding from the Australian Government.

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