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Before and After: Battery Creek, Victoria

Before and After: Battery Creek, Victoria

Victoria’s South Gippsland is known for its rolling hills and lush greenery, and Greenfleet has been revegetating parts of this region for many years.

Between 1999 and 2009 we planted more than 90,000 native trees at Battery Creek to establish a biodiverse forest that has become a haven for native birds and wildlife.

The project was undertaken in partnership with South Gippsland Water and revegetating the Battery Creek Catchment is also helping to improve land stability and water quality in the area.

See below the lush transformation that has occurred over the last 20 years at Battery Creek. These photos were taken 14 years apart between 2006 and 2020.

The species planted as a part of this project were selected to create a forest full of biodiversity to help restore ecosystems. Some of the native species chosen include Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans), Australian Mulberry (Hedycardia angustifolia), Swamp Paperbark (Melaleuca ericafolia) and Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata).

We worked with local nursery, Smolders Revegetation, to source the trees for the project. Owner Frank Smolders told us that they have witnessed “firsthand the positive benefits of Greenfleet’s work for the local community - improving the quality of water and providing great environmental outcomes”.

Wildlife that can now be found in the forest include kangaroos, wallabies and wombats. Additionally, in 2013 an insect was discovered living in the trees at Battery Creek. Officially named a Bog Gum Psyllid (Ctenarytaina bipartite) these tiny cicada like insects are found only in this forest and feed on the juvenile leaves of Bog Gum (Eucalyptus kitsoniana).

Protected for up to 100 years, this incredible forest will continue growing for years to come. See the photos below to see how the site has been transformed in the years since we first planted.