Wurneet Laang Laang is nestled in the hills of South Gippsland just 1.5 hours from Melbourne. In June 2016, Greenfleet planted 50,000 native seedlings on the 66-hectare site, with another 4,000 following in 2019.
In early 2020 our forestry team visited the site to check in and assess how the trees were growing. Excitingly, some of the trees originally planted in 2016 are now up to 8 metres tall. You can see our GM, Reforestation Eoghan standing next to a Eucalypt that is less than a year old and it's already taller than he is!
Our team also found the trees are having immense benefits for the water on the property. As part of the Lang Lang River is located on the property, they can see the water quality improving. They noticed too, that native frogs are calling the dams on the property home and that there are now native reeds and ferns growing back.
The property was named ‘Wurneet Laang Laang’, meaning stony creek/river in the Boon Wurrung language. The Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation are the traditional people and custodians of the lands from the Werribee River to Wilson Promontory in Victoria. The name is very fitting for the landscape and acknowledges the traditional owners of the land and its long history.
Our reforestation projects aim to replicate the native land that once existed. Supporting the return of nature ecosystems brings balance back to the land and preserves biodiversity. At Wurneet Laang Laang, we strategically planted the native seedlings amongst the hills to achieve the best results.
On a site assessment in November 2019 Stzrezlecki Koalas were found living in the three year old trees on the property. The Greenfleet team were very excited to discover wildlife like this using the trees as habitat only a few years after the trees had been planted.
This forest is also becoming excellent place for bird watching. The trees are providing habitat for native birds such as the Yellow-faced Honeyeater and Grey Fantail.
Greenfleet use the Full Carbon Accounting Model (FullCAM), developed by CSIRO, to measure the amount of carbon being captured by each site. Due to the mix of native plant species and high rainfall in Gippsland, it is considered as a high carbon yield area. Over its lifetime, this forest will capture over 91,000 tonnes of CO2-e. That's the equivalent of removing more than 21,300 average sized cars from the road for a whole year!
Information updated: April 2020.