Cape Schanck, VIC

When trying to find a picturesque part of Australia, it is hard to look past the Mornington Peninsula. Backing onto the beach, parts of this property look directly out to Bass Strait. In 2019, we worked with Smolders Nursery to source the 25,000 native trees that are now growing over 24ha of the land.

The forest that the trees will grow into will provide many benefits to the property and the area. These trees will take critical climate action by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere but there are additional benefits that will improve the productivity of land. For example, some of the trees will create protected areas that animals can graze on days when there are strong southerly winds. The animals can be moved to these parts of the property in these conditions and as a result be sheltered from the cold.

It is the vulnerable Coastal Banksias that tell the real story on this site, though. There is existing Coastal Banksia woodland growing here but they are facing threats due to the reduced ecosystems as a result of land clearing. There are various species of insects that have been found to bore into these plants at an accelerated rate due to a lack of insectivore birds around the property.

To combat this and increase the prevalence of the Coastal Banksia, it is one of the main species sourced and planted as a part of this project. Our hope is that with increased vegetation we will see balance restored to the ecosystems and an overall improvement in biodiversity. A wide variety of additional trees species were also chosen to be used as a part of the project including Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticlllata), Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria Spinosa), Coastal Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis spp pryoriana) and many more. 

Historically, a high number of native wildlife have been found in the Cape Schanck region and on this property in particular. These include the Agile Antechinus (Antechinus agilis), White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea) and the vulnerable Stormbird (Hirundapus caudacutus) as well as several other bird and frog species. One of the major goals of our reforestation effort is that it will help return some of these species to the property while extending habitat for those that are still there.

When it comes to the impact on climate change these trees will have, we examine how much carbon they will absorb over their lifetime. Using the CSIRO’s FullCAM model, it is forecasted that they will sequester more than 14,000 tonnes of CO2-e. This is similar to removing one year’s worth of more than 2,000 4WD car emissions from the atmosphere.

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Location size

24ha near Cape Schanck on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

Planting dates

July to August 2019

Species

  1. Banksia integrifolia
  2. Eucalyptus viminalis spp pryoriana
  3. Eucalyptus obliqua
  4. Acacia melanoxylon
  5. Acacia mearnsii
  6. Acacia longifolia spp sophorae
  7. Allocasuarina littoralis
  8. Allocasuarina verticlllata
  9. Bursaria spinosa
  10. Hakea nodosa
  11. Melaleuca lanceolata
  12. Melaleuca squarossa
  13. Ozothamnus ferrigenous
  14. Acacia suaveolens
  15. Acacia uncifolia
  16. Allocasuarina paludosa
  17. Cassinia arculeata
  18. Coprosma quadrifida
  19. Goodenia ovata
  20. Leptosperumum continentale
  21. Olearia lirata
  22. Olearia axillaris
  23. Ozothamnus turbinatus
  24. Pomaderris paniculosa subsp. Paralia
  25. Leptosperumum laevgatum