Whitehurst is located about an hour from Wilson's Promontory in Victoria. The incredible transformation on the site since 2012 is helping make the property a tranquil and biodiverse retreat.
The rolling hills on the property mean that it is prone to landslides and potential flooding. The trees planted here are serving the purpose of reducing the risk of these events while restoring ecosystems and taking critical climate action.
In total since 2012, Greenfleet has planted nearly 21,000 trees on the property. Some of the native species planted include Blackwood (Acacia melanoxyln), Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata) and Southern Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus).
Over their lifetime, this forest will capture more than 23,000 tonnes of CO2-e from the atmosphere. Another way to think about this is that the trees will offset a years worth of emissions from nearly than 5,000 cars.
Building wildlife habitat is an additional benefit of this growing forest. Swamp wallabies, echidnas and wombats are now common within the planted area. It is hoped that as the forest continues to grow, it will also provide ideal habitat for the native bird life that is already present in the surrounding areas.