Hillview, NSW

Due to the drought, the planning and timing of this project was impacted by many factors. In preparation, the soil was deep ripped (pictured) so that there would be increased water retention when rain did occur. Planting also took place later than usual for this part of Australia to increase the chance of rain for the seedlings. In fact, the planting coincided with the heaviest downpour the region had seen since summer 2018/2019.

The extreme drought has also created pressure for the region’s farming community. One of the aims of this project was to increase the productivity of the land by growing shelterbelts that will protect cattle from the elements. With 13,000 native trees already planted, there are plans to plant a further 4,000 in winter 2020. Some of the 21 native tree species planted include the Western Silver Wattle (Acacia decora), Red Stringybark (Eucalyptus macroryncha) and Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata).

Using regenerative farming methods on this property means the land is given the opportunity to regrow. The movement of cattle between different paddocks gives the land and grass time to regenerate. In traditionally farming, cattle can graze the same area indefinitely which can be harmful to the quality of the land.

One of the other positive impacts of this project is on native wildlife. The trees growing in the shelterbelts will assist in the movement of bird life from one area of forest to another, essentially creating corridors for native bird species. Hopefully, the trees will also restore habitat for native sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps) and the Yellow Box (Eucalyptus melliodora) included will create potential habitat for the endangered Regent Honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia).

The trees growing in the shelterbelts at Hillview will sequester carbon very effectively as they have additional access to nutrients and light. This means that the surface area to volume ratio is very good for the planting’s carbon yield. The trees are protected for 100 years and over their lifetime, will absorb more than 8,400 tonnes of CO2-e from the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of removing nearly 2,000 average sized cars from the road for a whole year!

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Location size

11.2ha, 20km north of Bathurst in NSW.

Planting dates

September 2019

Species

  1. Brachychiton populeneus
  2. Eucalyptus blakelyi
  3. Eucalyptus bridgesiana
  4. Eucalyptus macroryncha
  5. Eucalyptus melliodora
  6. Acacia decora
  7. Acacia dealbata
  8. Acacia implexa
  9. Banksia marginata
  10. Bursaria spinosa
  11. Leptospermum lanigerium
  12. Acacia ulcifolia
  13. Acacia verniciflua
  14. Acacia paradoxa
  15. Acacia vestita
  16. Callistemon paludosus
  17. Coprosma quadrifida
  18. Dodonea viscosa
  19. Grevillea rosmarinifolia
  20. Indigofera australis
  21. Kunzea parvifolia