Lilydale Landcare Group began in February 1995, as a response to
a community concern over a management decision by Launceston City
Council at the Lilydale Falls. As a result the Group became involved
in the management of Merthyr Park, a 47.5 hectare reserve located
2.5km north west of Lilydale. The land had been given to the Lilydale
community by Lord Merthyr of Wales in 1938 for the enjoyment of
the people of Lilydale for all time.
Lilydale Landcare Group accepted the challenge to work on the northern
side of the reserve on the basis of the biodiversity, environmental
values and the unique social potential inherent in this community
owned property. Over the years the group has established relationships
with other community organisations, local and state government,
the local school, business and individuals. Through these partnerships
the group has been able to turn around the degradation and neglect
that affected the Park, and the community attitudes towards it and
towards issues around conservation and protection of the natural
Park has been the flagship initiative so that the community now
has a sense of ownership and pride in the reserve.
ongoing volunteer commitment to the preservation of the Merthyr
Park bushland is a celebration of the inspirational lives of Paul
Strong, Marian Elliget and Mary Cameron, who opened our eyes and
taught us to value our environment. We acknowledge their encouragement
through our contribution to our "special patch".