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Narrow Neck is a classic Katoomba landmark. The long narrow peninsula divides the Jamison and Megalong Valleys and is a bushwalkers gateway to the southern Blue Mountains.

Yet being so close to suburban Katoomba, the area had been the target of illegal garden waste dumping. The Narrow Neck Bushcare group was formed in 2020 after several founding members spotted Pampas Grass growing on the side of the main access road, Glenraphael Drive.

While most of the Narrow Neck Peninsular is within the Blue Mountains National Park, the first 400 metres of the dirt trail that provides access from Cliff Drive is council land. This is where the Pampas Grass was spotted and thankfully the Blue Mountains City Council was able to support the activities of the Bushcare group.

Narrow Neck Bushcare group at lunch March 2021. L to r: Lyndal, Madi, Andrew, Karen, James and Pip
Narrow Neck Bushcare group at lunch March 2021. L to r: Lyndal, Madi, Andrew, Karen, James and Pip.

After about five serious sessions, the bulk of the Pampas Grass is gone and we have moved to other targets. There are tree-sized Holly, numerous Blackberry bushes and a scattering of Privet, Cotoneaster, Himalayan Honeysuckle, Japanese Honeysuckle and Ivy. There’s plenty of Montbretia along the road edges. More than enough to build up your cutting, scraping, painting, drilling and lopping skills.

One of the features of the site is the glorious views for morning tea overlooking the Jamison Valley.

Paul and James at Xmas morning tea 2020
Paul and James at Xmas morning tea 2020 with part of Narrow Neck in the background. Photo: Andrew.

Narrow Neck Bushcare meets 9am to 12 noon on the first Saturday of the month. Always check before you turn up in case there has been a last-minute cancellation.

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