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Before and after – Wright Hill, from sheep grazing property to lifestyle property

Before and after – Wright Hill, from sheep grazing property to lifestyle property

Located just an hour away from Adelaide, Wright Hill is a former sheep grazing property, purchased by the Weir’s with the purpose of returning the property to its pre-European vegetation state. 

When Greenfleet partnered with the Weir’s, we were excited by the possibilities of what a forest planted only a stone’s throw away from Scott Conservation Park would bring. The likelihood of habitat corridors between remnant vegetarian was promising.

We planted our first seedling in July 2008. Just over 12,520 seedlings were planted to cover a 14ha area. 

This project has been a learning curve for all involved. A progress report conducted in 2009 found there were some losses in the early years due to unforeseen browsing and drought events. 

As a result of this, a restocking of a minimum of 5,000 tress was carried out in 2010. To address the early complications experienced during the initial plant, re-spraying and the use of grit deterrent were imperative for survival of future stock.

Today, over 10,000 trees and shrubs have been planted on the site. Replanted trees now average 2 meters in height. Ten years on, the forest has a great diversity of species. The most successful species are Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) and the Pink Gum (Eucalyptus fasciculosa). 

What we’re particularly loving is the correlation between the growth of our forest and the increase in wildlife presence, as a result of the revegetation. A resident mob of kangaroos are gaining shelter from the trees, both from the summer heat and winter winds, and a host of birds are utilising the heavier vegetation of the property. Among those sighted have been welcome swallows, Australian magpies, galahs and kookaburras. 

While the initial plant may not have gone to plan, the learnings and the outcome today have all involved grinning from ear to ear. 

The site is continually monitored via satellite imagery, with the next on-ground inspection of this property scheduled for June 2019. We can’t wait to see what more is to come from this forest! Watch this space. 

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