Restoring Native Forest Near Hanging Rock

The New Forest sits in the plains near the base of Hanging Rock. Originally cleared for sheep grazing, Andrew and Michelle had other dreams when they moved to the property three years ago. Wanting to give back part of the land to the native forest which once grew there, they called on Greenfleet to help them realise their dream.

Greenfleet first planted at The New Forest in 2018 and again in 2020 with a total of 4,500 native trees now growing on the site. Some of these species include Kangaroo Apple (Solanum avilculare), Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) and Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata).

Dam at New forest with some of the remnant trees on the property

A little over two years after the first trees were planted, some are almost reaching 2m in height. Over the course of its life, the forest will sequester over 1,800 tonnes of carbon and is already attracting “huge amount of bird life”. According to Andrew, the trees are also providing habitat around their dam for the Long-neck Turtle.

As well as valuing revegetation themselves, Andrew and Michelle wanted to instil the importance of environmental protection in their four young children. Since the trees were planted on their property, Andrew says that they have become very passionate about practical climate action. He added that two of his children have even said that they want to pursue environmental careers.

2 boys

Protected for 100 years, this forest will continue offering a wealth of environmental benefits to the property. And by sequestering carbon and providing habitat for native animals, it is already playing a part in creating a healthier ecosystem for future generations.

Climate action can be simple, and this forest is a real example of the many benefits of native regeneration.

Location Size

3 ha in the Macedon Ranges

Planting Dates

2018, 2020


  1. Eucalyptus ovata
  2. Eucalyptus radiata
  3. Eucalyptus rubida
  4. Eucalyptus viminalis
  5. Solanum avilculare
  6. Leptospermum lanigerium
  7. Banksia marginata
  8. Ozothamnus obcordatus
  9. Leptospermum continentale
  10. Hakea sericea
  11. Acacia verticillata
  12. Acacia paradoxa
  13. Dodonaea viscosa cuneata

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