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Project update: Nardoo Hills Reserve

Project update: Nardoo Hills Reserve

Climate Ready Revegetation Project gets underway in the Nardoo Hills Reserve

You may have read our article last year about the innovated climate-ready revegetation project Greenfleet has joined Bush Heritage Australia on. We're excited to say that last month the planting began and the study is officially underway!

Spanning 1,200 hectares in central Victoria, Nardoo Hills Reserve has experienced dieback of two Eucalypt species – Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) and Yellow Box (Eucalyptus melliodora). The dieback is affecting both older and younger trees that provide crucial habitat for native wildlife, including the Hooded Robin, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, Brown Treecreeper and Tree Goanna. 

Using data sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology, the project has modelled the regional climate for the next 30 to 70 years. As a result, the seeds planted in the trial have been sourced from trees in New South Wales and South Australia that currently experience hotter and drier climates. 

The large-scale trial will diversify the Eucalypt species’ gene pool and aim to ‘future-proof’ Nardoo Hills as temperatures increase and rainfall patterns change.

We are proud to be partnering with Bush Heritage Australia on this project. We hope the project will provide some insight on the best tree species for future local reforestation projects, so we can better prepare and tackle the impacts of climate change” said Wayne Wescott, CEO, Greenfleet.

On 15 - 16 July 2019, the Greenfleet team were lucky enough to join Bush Heritage Australia and Bendigo TAFE in planting trees as part of the project. Now, 9,000 trees have been planted and the initial measurements completed. 

While the trial is a joint collaboration between Bush Heritage Australia and Greenfleet, multiple partners are contributing to the project including researchers from the University of Melbourne, CSIRO, University of Adelaide and University of Tasmania, as well as Arborline Nursery and VicRoads. 

We hope the results of this research project will help guide further climate-adjusted revegetation works by Greenfleet and Bush Heritage, as well as many other organisations and local landholders. 

About Bush Heritage and Greenfleet 

Bush Heritage Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation that buys and manages land, and partners with Aboriginal people to protect irreplaceable landscapes and native species. Greenfleet is a leading environmental not-for-profit organisation committed to protecting our climate by restoring our forests.

To take practical climate action with Greenfleet, you can offset your carbon emissions online at: Your offset donation directly contributes to native reforestation projects such as this one.

To find out more about Bush Heritage, please visit their website: or follow them on Facebook Bush Heritage Australia, Instagram @bushheritageaus or Twitter @BushHeritageAus.