Naturalizing non-local native trees at Botany Bay: The long-term impact of historical plantings

Authors

  • Doug Benson,

  • Georgina Eldershaw


  • Doug Benson is Senior Plant Ecologist with the Botanic Gardens Trust (Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia, Email: doug.benson@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au). Georgina Eldershaw is a Project Officer with the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation, located at Botany Bay National Park (PO Box 375, Kurnell NSW 2231, Australia, Email: georgina.eldershaw@environment.nsw.gov.au). This article aims to highlight the potential impacts of poorly considered planting programs which can, often decades later, hinder our efforts to maintain natural habitats in the long term.

Abstract

Non-local ‘native’ species used in historical plantings at Captain Cook's Landing Place are spreading into bushland. What can we learn from the long-term impact of this site's well-intentioned but ecologically inappropriate plantings?

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