Rosenthal Scrub open day
EXPLORE Warwick’s natural beauty on a bushwalk and learn about local wildlife at an open day today.
Seven hectares of remnant natural bushland – named Rosenthal Scrub – has been preserved by the Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) Warwick branch.
Chairman Darell Fletcher said this has been done to preserve the “unique environmental park” for the enjoyment of future generations.
“Rosenthal Scrub is unique,” he said.
“Much of Warwick city was covered by this ecosystem and today, less than 10% remains.”
Mr Fletcher said members of the Society for Growing Australian Plants are concerned about the future of Rosenthal Scrub.
“It is at risk of destruction by urban development, rural land clearing and roadside development,” he said.
“Protection of its biodiversity for the enjoyment by future generations is urgent.
“Identifying the unique plants, recognising the threats to their long-term viability, together with knowing and removing these threats, such as weeds, are steps towards preservation of biodiversity.”
Rosenthal Scrub is in south-west Warwick, and borders Bracker Rd, Mardon Rd, Schoch Rd, Everest Rd and West View Rd.
The area was previously grazing country and after obtaining the lease, the society has spent four years getting the reserve to where it is now.
“It’s been a long project,” Mr Fletcher said.
“This is a bit of a milestone. We haven’t had an area like this before in Warwick.”
The project was jointly overseen by SGAP Warwick and Condamine Headwaters Landcare Group; with assistance from Southern Downs Regional Council, Warwick Scout Group, Warwick State High School students and teachers, and Friends of Rosenthal Scrub.
Funding for the project was provided by the Federal Government’s Caring for Country Program.
An open day at Rosenthal Scrub will be held today between 11am and 2pm.
At today’s open day there will be information, speakers and guided walks. There is no cost involved.
For more information phone 4664 8218 or 4664 4074.