Biodiversity in the Burbs - Community Planting

Nature is all around our neighbourhood. Come help create wildlife habitat and hear about special animals found at Aitken Creek, Craigieburn.

Biodiversity, or the variety of life, is amazing when you stop and take the time to notice it.

Some of the unique and rare species that live around or visit Aitken Creek in Craigieburn include Golden Sun Moth, Latham's Snipe and Matted Flax Lily. Along with lots of other birds, frogs, reptiles, mammals, insects and plants we share space with in suburbia.

This community planting event will take place beneath the ancient River Red Gums in the Burt Kur Min reserve, to reintroduce indigenous plants that provide shelter and food to wildlife.

Be enthralled by The Connies entertainer, who will spellbind people with fun facts about nature and hand out collectable cards.

Explore the nature reserves and wetlands to get a whole new perspective on the biodiversity in the burbs, making some citizen science observations.

What's provided

  • All the planting materials, gloves and equipment.
  • Fruit snacks.
  • Light refreshments available.
  • Hardcopies of the Birds of Hume and Fauna of Hume field guides.

Covid-Safe event

  • QR code sign-in when you arrive on the day.
  • Social distancing and hygiene measures will be put in place.
  • Include children in your booking, as numbers may need to be capped.

Please cancel your Eventbrite booking if you no longer able to attend, as participant numbers are limited and to help with catering.

Gardens for Wildlife

Visit Hume City's Gardens for Wildlife webpage for more information on how you can participate and to express your interest.

Organise a Garden Visit

Within Hume City, you can arrange for a pair of Garden Guides to come visit your garden, at your home, school or business. They'll stay for an hour to have a friendly chat about your garden and what wildlife you might like to see. How you can best help your local wildlife.

After the visit, you will receive a report with more information and resources relevant for your garden and neighbourhood. You choose what best suits your place.

It's free; there is no charge for participants. A limited number of garden visits are offered and are by appointment only.

Become a Garden Guide

The more volunteer Garden Guides there are, the greater the number of habitat gardens that will be created across the landscape. You'll engage with other diverse community members, who are also keen to play their part in saving Australia's plants and animals.

  • Organise and conduct garden visits with a partner Garden Guide.
  • Do some online research about the area to prepare for the garden visit.
  • Take some notes and photos during the garden visit, or do most of the chatting.
  • Help prepare and send your garden visit report to the participant.
  • Promote the Gardens for Wildlife program.

There are formal volunteer application, induction and training processes.

Gardens for Wildlife Victoria

Visit the Gardens for Wildlife Victoria website to discover more about the program broadly.

Greening 2021 - Updated

Come along to a weekend community planting with family and friends.

  • Help revegetate our shared open green spaces.
  • The events focus on local biodiversity issues.
  • There will be other fun stuff happening and food.
  • It's free and all materials/equipment is provided!

Get some indigenous seedlings to grow your own patch of wildlife habitat at your place.

As a Covid-Safe event, bookings for Greening events are required. You will be asked to QR Code sign in on the day. Click on the event title to register.

Biodiversity in the Burbs

Sunday 27 June, 10am to 1pm, Craigieburn

NAIDOC Week - Indigenous Cultural Planting

Sunday 11 July, 10am to 1pm, Westmeadows

Blossoming Bees and Butterflies - Gardens for Wildlife Launch

Saturday 17 July, 10am to 2pm, Sunbury Fields

Bird Buddies - National Tree Day

Sunday 1 August, 10am to 1pm, Sunbury

Woodlands to Wetlands

Sunday 19 September, 10am to 1pm, Mickleham

Citizen Science

For a host of reasons, we need to know what plants, animals and fungi live in the area. Citizen science projects rely on everyday people submitting observations. Take some clear photos or sound recordings and simply submit using your mobile phone.

Citizen science can provide the evidence that programs like Gardens for Wildlife do actually help conserve biodiversity.

Install the app and join the Hume City's Wildlife project on iNaturalist.

Visit the Discover Nature in Hume webpage to find out more about the range of citizen science projects you can get involved with.


  • Sunday, 27 June 2021 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM


Burt-Kur-Min Reserve, Champion Parade, Craigieburn 3064  View Map

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