As Spring is the season of growth and rejuvenation, this is also a great time to review the extensive ecological restoration work being done at Harrington Grove.
Over the past 12 months a lot of work has gone into the restoration of 2 creeks on site, with the planting of over 250,000 plants and trees, extensive weed eradication as well as the Cumberland Plain Woodland regeneration.
You may have noticed the sea of green Grow Bags at Harrington Grove. Each new plant is protected by a Grow Bag to help guard it from animals, weeds and the elements. These bags are reused – in fact the current bags were originally used on the first trees at the bottom of the Creek section. When the plants start to thrive, after about a year, the Grow Bags are removed and then reused on the next of the new plants.
We have also discovered that Harrington Grove is home to an endangered species of plants; the Pimelea Spicata. This is a smallish plant with white/pink flowers (above) and is known to grow across the Cumberland Plain, which is one of the only places you will find it in Australia .
Harrington Grove is one of the largest private conservation areas in Sydney, with over 280 hectares of land preserved in its natural state. There are woodlands, ponds and over seven kilometres of walking paths and cycle-ways. Our on-site tree nursery, which is fully maintained by four full time staff, is testament to our dedication to ensuring Harrington Grove remains a leafy place to live.
Only 40 percent of Harrington Grove will be developed – the balance has been designed for conservation. Designated as a fauna habitat development area, active regeneration and restoration of ecological communities is continually taking place under a comprehensive Conservation Management Plan being undertaken by Harrington Estates along with environmental consultants, Eco Logical Australia, as well as assistance from some our own on site maintenance team.
Harrington Grove is home to a variety of birds, possums, Swamp Wallabies and other wildlife. Throughout south eastern Australia many small woodland bird species are declining. The native vegetation found at Harrington Grove provides suitable habitat for many of these declining species and these can be regularly observed, including the Crested Shrike-tit, Restless Flycatcher and Varied Sitella. There is also the potential that species such as the Speckled Warbler and Black-chinned Honeyeater may utilise the site as they have been recorded in the surrounding landscape. Harrington Estates are conserving this habitat for these woodland bird species before they find their way on to the endangered species list.
With over 69 bird species and 14 types of mammals, it is likely that Harrington Grove residents will meet some of these creatures when walking or cycling around the estate.