Knocklofty reserve has been used for timber, sub divided for grazing, excavated for sandstone, developed as a major brick-making site and urbanised by the construction of two reservoirs.
Knocklofty is now a valuable area of urban bushland, and a popular place for community to enjoy. Much of what you see in the reserve today - healthy thriving native bushland - is due to the ongoing efforts of the Friends of Knocklofty Bushcare Group [FoKL], in partnership with the Hobart City Council and their Bushlands group.
Evolving from a meeting of dynamic local people back in 1992, the group have worked tirelessly for sixteen years to restore, protect and value the reserve. In these sixteen years, 95% of the reserve has been cleared of woody weeds, in particular gorse, blackberry and broom, and 30,000 local provenance native plants have been planted in areas devastated by weeds, fire and overgrazing.