New volunteer finds bushcaring 'good for the soul'

One of Trees For Life’s newest volunteer bushcarers, Karl Moore, recently received a Thank You Tree Award for his work on a Bush For Life site in Mylor. Regional coordinator Priya Spencer said Karl had “taken on his site with enthusiasm and passion, already removing huge amounts of weeds” – as well as being a pleasure to work with and keen to learn. We asked Karl why he joined and what keeps him motivated.

When and how did you become involved in bushcaring?

I became a member in early 2018 as a result of ‘unofficial’ conservation work I’d been doing on the reserve next to my property. The reserve had previously been neglected for 30 years and after discussion with council and Bush For Life, it eventually became a BFL site. I’ve had an interest in conservation since I was a teenager when I did work with both the British and Australian Trusts for Conservation Volunteers as part of my Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Why did you decide to volunteer?

I live in a small town and feel that where a person has the capacity, they should give back to their community.

Where is your site? How often do you work on your site?

My site is ‘Hampton Reserve’, which is bordered by Hampton, Strathalbyn and Cooper Roads in Mylor. It’s about an acre in size but lying amongst the ever-diminishing weeds is a site of ever-increasing biodiversity including Stringybarks and orchids. I work on it periodically as needs and time permits but probably around four or five days per year, which is supplemented by a BAT (Bush Action Team) activity once a year with a dozen or so helpers.

What do you like about being a volunteer bushcarer?

I like it for a number of reasons. Firstly unlike other volunteer roles, 100 per cent of effort is worthwhile. The results are both immediate and ongoing. I also think Trees For Life are outstanding in their support for volunteers. I am also learning more every year from TFL about being a responsible environmental citizen, which is good for the soul. I would recommend anyone to become a part of Trees For Life (or like-minded organisation). I’d also advise anyone taking on an environmental project to have a long view, sometimes many years over the horizon. Be prepared at times to take steps both forward and back, but if you keep calm and carry on you will eventually get to where you want to go!

To adopt a BFL site or to find out more, see our Bush For Life page