If you’re looking for new and exciting ways to interact with nature this spring, Canterbury-Bankstown is the place to be.
The City of Canterbury Bankstown has extended its annual Biodiversity Month into a three-month festival so residents can enjoy a full season of fun and engaging activities.
Nature Fest runs from Saturday 2 September to 25 November and includes native plant giveaways, nature photography workshops, river walks and more.
The activities will teach residents how to protect, promote and preserve natural habitats in the City, while still getting to enjoy them.
Festivities begin with the much-adored Native Plant Giveaway, where Council offers residents free native plants to increase biodiversity in their backyards.
This year, residents can get their free plants from Bankstown, Earlwood, Lakemba and Panania Library and Knowledge Centres, during opening hours from Saturday 2 September until Friday 8September.
Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Bilal El-Hayek is excited to kick off Nature Fest with Council’s popular annual native plant giveaway.
“The Native Plant Giveaway is something our residents look forward to every year,” Mayor El-Hayek said.
“I am so glad we get to run it again this year.
“Our City is not just diverse in its residents, but in its biodiversity. Nature Fest is full of fun activities for everyone to join in on and learn about the importance of our City’s natural life.”
According to the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act (1995), there are seven Endangered Ecological Communities in Canterbury-Bankstown.
“Living amongst biodiversity as rich as ours is proven to improve health, happiness and overall lifespan,” Mayor El-Hayek said.
“It’s important we look after our City’s natural life so it can continue looking after us.”
The festival also includes educational talks about the natural environment, a guided Aussie Bird Count during National Bird Week and creating a butterfly garden.
To find out more about Nature Fest and the events Council is running to protect the environment, visit cb.city/naturefes