St Peter’s Bush Regeneration

  • 4 February 2022
  • Eddie Bosch


St Peter’s Church is surrounded by large grounds that include the hall, the rectory, the curate’s cottage and the columbarium. There are large lawns and gardens. There is also a large area of natural bushland. While a gardener is contracted for the site, it is the Bush Regeneration team who concentrate on maintaining the bush and the path that goes through it.

Bush Regeneration is held on the last Saturday of each month from 8.30am to 12.30pm. It is a small group of volunteers who are directed by a paid bush regeneration specialist from Woollahra Council. Morning tea is provided. The main activity is weeding and pruning. Occasionally we do a special project such as painting the flagpole (the flagpole was lowered for this task), cement repairs on the path or reducing the vegetation in the columbarium pond.

Regarding safety issues: sometimes a chain saw is used, however the only person who has used it is the paid specialist as it is his saw. We rarely use other motorised tools. We don’t do any pruning at heights. All basic garden hand tools are kept on site. It is recommended you bring a hat, sunscreen and gardening gloves.

I will personally accept responsibility for a limited number of children who are completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award and have selected this activity as their volunteer hours. I have a current Working with Children Check. Other children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Children will not operate any motorised tools.

Volunteers are welcome to stay for all or part of the 4 hour period. Volunteers work at their own pace and are encouraged to vary their tasks. Volunteers usually work in pairs so as to engage in conversation while working. A generous morning tea goes for at least 30 minutes and is a time of warm fellowship.

I encourage all of you to consider attending Bush Regeneration and I know you will be amazed at the beauty of the St Peters site as you make new friends while exercising.


Basic fitness for gardening.


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Bush Regen Team gets to work on restoring the flagpole
St Peter’s from the Columbarium
The Columbarium Pond after the Bush Regen Team restored it
A well-earned break and warm fellowship at morning tea