Help plant a beautiful new rain garden at Addi Road, Fri 12 – Sat 13 August, to improve the health of the Cooks River with 14 species of native grasses, sedges and flowering plants to filter local stormwater.

3 planting sessions:

Friday 12 August, 9 am – 12 pm
Friday 12 August, 12.30 – 3.30 pm
Saturday 13 August, 9 am – 12 pm


Opening & lunch:

Saturday 13 August, 12 pm

FREE community event. All ages welcome. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

The rain garden and chain of ponds has been created, together with Inner West Council, next to the Addi Road Gumbramorra Hall. 

Connect with your community, natural history and nature

The new rain garden, also called a bio retention system, re-interprets the old creek line that once flowed through to the Gumbramorra Swamp in pre-colonial days. 

Each planting session will begin with Inner West Council’s planting expert introducing:

  • The species of native plants & why they’ve been chosen
  • Where to plant each species in the rain garden.

The 14 species of grasses, sedges and flowering plants are being planted to:

  • Filter out heavy metals, excess nutrients and plastics, including micro plastics
  • Connect to the natural history and reinstate the native species of the area
  • Attract and provide habitat for native birds and animals

Three of the native species to be planted

Planting plan across the 3 rain garden ponds