.Tuckombil Land Care’s major project has been the improvement and extension of of Teven Park. The park is situated on Eltham Road Teven on the eastern side of Teven Valley Golf Course.
It is dedicated to veterans from the Korea, S.E. Asia and Vietnam wars and the memorial plaque was laid in 1993. The veterans commenced working on the area to make it into a park in 1990.
The idea of working on Teven Park as a community was first suggested by Wendy Webber. Peter Cassidy was one of the early drivers of this project. Contact was made with the Veterans to whose memory the park was dedicated and also with Ballina Council to get approval for our work. Field Days and School Education days have been held informing our local community of what is happening and demonstrating bush regeneration techniques. Over the years many of our members have worked on the park site.
Many of the Tuckombil Landcare members have received grants for rainforest regeneration on their own properties. Since 2011, the Teven Park project has become a major focal point for our roup. The changes which have taken place are incredible and show just what can be achieved when a group of dedicated people work together. During this time we have planted hundreds of trees and lomandras. We have battled floods which flattened many trees and completely uprooted others. There have been dry periods when watering of new plantings was necessary and weeds which have needed mowing and poisoning or hand weeding. A more recent problem has been the theft of many of the trees that the groups has planted.
The original work was in the area adjoining the car park. Slowly the area being planted and maintained has expanded with various members volunteering to maintain specific areas.
Many large camphor laurels have been removed and these have been replaced by native rain forest species. Slowly and steadily the area is being transformed with rainforest species that are native to this area.
While Teven Park remains the major focus for our group, some members are involved in other regeneration projects. Two such projects are Bullwinkle Park in Alstonville and Serpentine Park in East Ballina.