Living Landscape Case Study
The case study is the education program of the Landcare Australia Living Landscape Project and is aimed at students studying science subjects. This education resource includes Fact Sheets about the project and Work Sheets for site-based field work activities on the Bundanon property.
The four year project, aims to increase biodiversity and reconnect native habitat in the Shoalhaven River catchment of NSW.
The LIVING LANDSCAPE project is an environmental and educational initiative to increase biodiversity, capture carbon and reconnect native habitat on the Shoalhaven River properties managed by Bundanon Trust. In 2012, through the auspices of Landcare Australia, Bundanon Trust benefitted from both the Borland Bequest and the Clean Energy Futures Biodiversity Fund. In partnership with Landcare Australia, South East Local Land Services, Jacobs Group and Greening Australia, Bundanon will have seen over one million dollars spent over four years on the restoration of this culturally significant landscape.
The project focuses on the 1,100 hectares of land uniquely gifted to the Australian people by the artist, Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne Boyd. Bundanon Trust properties include over 11.5 kilometres of Shoalhaven River frontage and comprise significant areas of high conservation value bushland, watercourses and river flats previously cleared for farming and grazing. Bundanon is an important refuge for threatened flora and fauna species. There are over 14 different vegetation communities across the properties.
This is a unique project, particularly for a cultural organisation, and demonstrates the leadership role the arts can play in foregrounding the importance of protecting the environment for future generations. Bundanon’s high profile and its success as a platform for public education was instrumental in securing the engagement of the other agencies.
The benefits extend well beyond the property through community engagement and education. The project also aims to demonstrate how revegetation and regeneration of degraded land can be practically integrated into the Trust’s wider responsibility for land management.
The structure of the case study is a series of downloadable Fact Sheets, followed by Work Sheets which can be used for site-based field work at Bundanon. The case study was prepared by Bundanon Trust with assistance from a teacher reference group. The Case Study is framed around the syllabus requirements of NSW HSC Earth and Environmental Science, Biology and Senior Science and is adaptable for years 7 to 12 courses.
In partnership with local high schools, Bundanon Trust has developed field work activities and resources for site-based day and residential science programs. For enquiries about field work day or resdiential visits to Bundanon Trust, contact Mary Preece, Education Manager here