Whitehurst is located on Boon Wurrung Country in South Gippsland, Victoria. Greenfleet revegetated this property between 2015 and 2021 to restore critical wildlife habitat, reduce erosion and deliver climate action.

Owner Rob Whitehurst purchased the property to serve as a tranquil holiday spot. As the property was prone to landslides, he partnered with Greenfleet to restore a native forest across the property to reduce erosion and improve soil quality.

The forest provides environmental benefits including climate action by removing carbon and biodiversity enhancement for local wildlife including wombats and echidnas.

Location & Map

Found in the green hills of South Gippsland in Victoria, Whitehurst is a short drive north from the township of Foster, near the stunning Wilsons Promontory coastline. The property is situated next to existing forest, allowing this project to extend habitat for the local wildlife.

Parts of this area are known for its camping and hiking opportunities. The region is also known to experience high rainfall that can influence landslips in across the steep landscapes.

Species Selection & Revegetation Approach

Greenfleet’s initial planting occurred in 2012 with 20,000 seedlings added to the site. This included indigenous species to the area such as Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata), Southern Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus), and Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon). Blackwood is known to attract avian pollinators such as native birds, bees and other insects.

Another important species planted is the Strzelecki Gum (Eucalyptus strzeleckii), a critically endangered tree species only found in the Strzelecki Ranges. Greenfleet restores this species in all revegetation projects in the region to help increase its prevalence.

With remnant vegetation surrounding parts of the forest planted at Whitehurst, Greenfleet utilised tree-guards in the revegetation approach to reduce browsing pressure from local wildlife.

We have now revegetated close to 16 hectares at the site with native species which are increasing biodiversity while reducing erosion.

Wildlife Habitat Restoration

Today the property has a rich wildlife population, with echidnas, wombats and swamp wallabies all common within the forest. This rosella was spotted in the vegetation at the Whitehurst planting site.

It is hoped that as the forest continues to grow, it will also provide ideal habitat for other wildlife found in the area. Eucalypts used in the planting will provide habitat and food sources to the region’s koalas. For example, both Swamp Gum (Eucalyptus ovata) and Southern Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) will help form the forest canopy while benefitting this wildlife species.

Additionally, the forest growing is legally protected to allow it to grow well into the future and continue providing environmental benefits beyond this century. One such benefit of old-growth forests is that the trees can form hollows that benefit wildlife species such as possums and gliders.

Protecting Our Climate 

Legally protected for 100 years, the forest at Whitehurst will deliver significant climate action over its lifetime. It will capture more than 21,000 tonnes of CO2-e from the atmosphere, which is equivalent to removing 4,883 number of vehicles from Australia’s roads for a whole year.


About Greenfleet  

Greenfleet is a 26-year-old Australian not-for-profit environmental organisation protecting our climate by restoring our forests.    

We plant native biodiverse forests to capture carbon emissions and help fight the impacts of climate change. Greenfleet is Australia’s first carbon offset provider and since 1997 has planted over 10.8 million trees creating more than 550 forests in Australia and New Zealand.   

Our forests are legally protected for up to 100 years, conserving biodiversity, improving the health of
our soils and waterways, and restoring habitat for wildlife, including many endangered species.  

Greenfleet grows forests and climate hope by empowering people to take tangible and long-lasting
environmental action.     

Location Size

15.8 ha site near Foster, in South Gippsland, Victoria

Planting Dates

2015 and 2021


  1. Eucalyptus globulus
  2. Eucalyptus obliqua
  3. Eucalyptus radiata
  4. Eucalyptus cypellocarpa
  5. Eucalyptus ovata
  6. Eucalyptus strzeleckii
  7. Eucalyptus regnans
  8. Acacia dealbata
  9. Acacia melanoxylon
  10. Acacia verticillata
  11. Banksia marginata
  12. Cassina aculeata
  13. Coprosma quadrfida
  14. Goodenia ovata
  15. Olearia lirata
  16. Olearia argophylla
  17. Ozothamnus ferrigeneous
  18. Prostanthea lasianthos
  19. Pomaderris aspera
  20. Solanum aviculare
  21. Gynatrix pulchella
  22. Kunzea ericoides
  23. Leptospermum continentale

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