Landcare is a unique grass-roots movement that started in the 1980s through initiatives to tackle degradation of farmland, public land and waterways. The movement has expanded and evolved significantly since then, and is achieving results Australia-wide. Individuals and groups across Australia’s vast and varied landscape are focused on best-practice sustainable agriculture and expert management of natural assets such as soil, water and native vegetation.
Caring for the land includes a range of activities such as:
- sustainable farm practices
- restoring native habitats and revegetation
- controlling weeds and pests
- developing and sharing local natural resource management skills and knowledge.
The movement includes Landcare groups, farming systems groups, ‘Friends of’ groups and Indigenous land management groups. It is estimated there are 6 000 groups and over 100 000 volunteers across Australia caring for the land. Many farmers and landholders also undertake this important work but are not always affiliated with a particular Landcare group.