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Before and after - Whitehurst, landslides to peaceful bush retreat

Before and after - Whitehurst, landslides to peaceful bush retreat

When Rob Whitehurst purchased his property in Victoria’s South Gippsland region, he hoped it would serve as a tranquil holiday spot. With the aim of eventually making it a home for his retirement, there were a lot of challenges Rob had to overcome first. Located in the hills of Foster, in the heart of Prom Country, the property was prone to landslides due to high rainfall and steep slopes. This meant, intervention was needed to turn it into the peaceful bush retreat Rob had in mind.  

In 2012, we partnered with Rob to revegetate his property (now known as ‘Whitehurst’). We did this with the aim of providing habitat for native wildlife, preventing further landslides, and of course, protecting our climate. 

We planted 20,000 seedlings to cover a 15.8ha area, choosing species endemic to the area such as Blackwood (Acacia melanoxyln), Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata) and Southern Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus). Due to deer and rabits in the area, damage was incurred after the initial planting. As a result, Greenfleet returned to plant a further 955 seedlings on the site in 2015. 

After the initial challenges in getting the site established, today the property is has a rich wildlife population. Swamp wallabies, echidnas and wombats are now all common within the planted area. It is hoped that as the forest continues to grow, it will also provide ideal habitat for the native bird life that is already present in the surrounding areas.

This site is the perfect example of how Greenfleet's work can have far reaching benefits. From increasing habitat for wildlife, helping Rob create the property he was hoping for, to taking practical climate action to protect our climate. We're proud of what we've been able to achieve on this property. Together with our supporters, we are growing climate hope. The proof is here: you can see the incredible transformation of Whitehurst below.  

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