Arnwood Place Bushcare Group meets here almost every week to do weed control and plant native species; planting season is March to June. This volunteer work is supervised by Habitat Brisbane, part of Brisbane City Council. Our priorities are control of weedy vines, and gradual increase in native trees, shrubs and ground covers. We retain some weedy areas to provide cover for birds and small animals, and we try to avoid excess disturbance to creek banks in flood season. A species list has been drawn up by a botanist to guide us in our plantings. New volunteers are welcome - see below for contact details.
Background of the project
In the 1990s, there were very few trees on the site, but there was a large growth of weeds in and around the creek. In 2001 and 2003 N4C, Council and the local community undertook a very large rehabilitation project, putting pools and rockbars in Sandy Creek and planting thousands of plants. Key goals were improving habitat, controlling erosion and involving the local community. Minimising flood risk was another key consideration.
A bushcare group maintained the area for some years, but subsequently, weedy vines climbed into the canopy in some areas and a number of trees died. In 2012 a new group was formed.
Future of the project
We hope that any empty or weedy areas will again be filled with native riparian vegetation, providing habitat for native animals and a more beautiful environment for local residents and visitors.
Birds and Animals at Arnwood Place
Where is Arnwood Place?
Arnwood Place is a site in Annerley near the street of the same name, which comes off Ekibin road near Lewisham Street. Norman Creek flows from Greenslopes under the freeway, and is then joined by Sandy Creek, which comes from Tarragindi through Barr Street Park. The creek passes under Arnwood Place bridge and behind Jessica Andrews Place, then past Ekibin South football field. At the northern end of the site, the creek flows into a concreted channel towards Stones Corner.
Project contact details
In 2012, a strategic plan was developed for Arnwood Place, by Ashley Nicholson, landscape architect. You can download it here (10MB).