There are plenty of trees around Lake Canobolas, Gosling Creek Reserve and other areas of Orange that have Bill Josh's fingerprints all over them.
And there are plenty of woody weeds whose lives have ended at his hands.
Mr Josh, the community engagement officer at Orange City Council, has been involved in organising community planting days and clean-up events for about 15 years.
I was born in Kings Cross, how about that.Bill Josh, Habitat Connect
He runs his own business, Habitat Connect, which he contracts to Orange and Bathurst councils for work in their regions.
Living in Millthorpe he said he was perfectly placed to work in both areas.
"I was a brickie in Bathurst for 30 years. I was born in Kings Cross, how about that," he said.
He said his role was engaging volunteers in environment work.
"I've never been a full-time volunteer," he said.
"It's a great gig, I can do my own thing."
It is not unusual to see about 30 or more people pitching in to help.
He organises monthly woody weed control events at Lake Canobolas plus community planting days at reserves and green spaces in residential areas.
Mr Josh said organising volunteers to do the work helped councils meet requirements to provide a contribution to secure government funding grants for community projects.
He is also involved in providing environment days for school groups in Orange and Bathurst. "I do a lot of the schools," he said.
The day-long programs include a 'walk and talk' to identify plants and animals, learn about woody weed control and get involved with planting and weed removal.
"Primary school kids are a lot more excited, particularly when it comes to planting trees," he said.
"A lot of the students are a lot more environmentally aware than I was when I was at school."
Mr Josh also has some sound advice for home gardeners trying to save their patches from the drought with tough water restrictions.
"They need a good supply of mulch, a good thick [amount]. If you've got good mulch it stops evaporation," he said.
Mr Josh said people needed to use their watering time wisely and not trying to cover all plants and trees in one session.
"Do a good deep watering. If they get that they don't need it again for a good five to six weeks," he said.
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