The area known as the Gardens of Stone skirts the western edge of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in NSW. It is an internationally significant pagoda landscape, a bush wonderland of dramatic coloured escarpments, narrow canyons and lonely sandstone peninsulas. The Gardens of Stone is home to hundreds of native plant, bird and animal species; some of which are threatened to extinction.
Some of the area is protected in the Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Parks and the Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area. Other sections are state forests which permit open cut mining.
The biggest threat to the Gardens of Stone is proposed open cut coal mining in Ben Bullen State Forest near Cullen Bullen. Open cut mining rips up every plant and tree on site and unleashes large amounts of dust and other small particles harmful to human health.
We need to remove the threat of open cut mining forever and protect the Gardens for the future. The Gardens of Stone Stage 2 reserve proposal presents a balanced approach to conserve the area through a mix of State Conservation Areas and National Park additions.
Visit the Gardens of Stone
The Gardens of Stone is a stunning place to enjoy. Buy a map of the area here.
Visit the GoS website: protectgardensofstone.org.au/
Or the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/protectgardensofstone
The Lithgow Environment Group seeks to preserve the balance of nature in its region. This is especially important given the impacts of the area's industrial heritage. The Lithgow region contains some of the most biodiverse bushland in the Greater Blue Mountains. Our aim is to promote and protect this rich natural heritage..
See how our efforts to raise money for the Lithgow Uniting Church's solar system is doing here: