THE HUGHES GARRAN WOODLAND

The Hughes Garran Woodland is an eight hectare Woodland between the suburbs of Hughes and Garran with the Southern Cross retirement village to the west and Kitchener Street to the east.

Before settlement the site was yellow box–red gum grassy woodland, but a century of grazing and the development of the suburbs have seriously degraded the site. Fortunately, much of the park was replanted in 1965, mostly to yellow box, apple box and Blakely’s red gum, trees that existed in the original woodland.

The aim is to develop the Woodland as an amenity park for the local community. It is not a Nature Park, but in the longer term, the aim is to restore the area to look like the original box-gum grassy woodland.

If you would like to be a volunteer please email info@sactcg.org.au and provide your name and contact details.

Long Term Management Plan

The Hughes Garran Woodland Group was awarded an ACT Environment Grant to develop a Long Term Management Plan for the Woodland. The eight hectare Hughes Garran Woodland lies between the suburbs of Hughes and Garran with the Southern Cross retirement village to the west and Kitchener Street to the east. The aim is to develop the Woodland as an amenity park for the local community.

Consultants were engaged to assist in the preparation of the plan. The Woodland was mapped to show its vegetation and natural features as well as access roads and walking tracks. This information, along with input from fire and maintenance people in ACT Government, was used to divide the Woodland into five Units according to their different management requirements. The final Plan will provide both the Hughes Garran Woodland Group and the ACT Government with guidelines for its activities over the next ten years.

Once the draft report was approved by the committee it was made available to the Hughes Garran Community for comment.

The final Hughes Garran Woodlands Long Term Management Plan is now available to download below.

If you’d like to comment on the report or join the volunteer group, please email: info@sactcg.org.au.

Your comments would be greatly appreciated.