Three Bridges, VIC

Establishing shelterbelts to protect farmland

Three Bridges spans 1,600 acres along the Loddon River in Victoria. A paradise for horses, Three Bridges breeds some of the nation’s most prized thoroughbreds, and has created an environment that “introduces horses back to nature and let horses be horses”.

Since 2006, Three Bridges has partnered with Greenfleet to plant more than 19,000 native trees.

According to owner Toby Liston, the Greenfleet project has helped Three Bridges revegetate more than 80 acres of forest. “While we’ve given up this land for conservation, it has increased our farm’s productivity – and ultimately our farm’s value,” Toby says.

“We’ve planted a 30 metre windbreak around the entire property that provides shelter for our horses. The thoroughbreds raised at Three Bridges now have ample shelter around their paddocks from wind, rain and heat – which ultimately means we spent less money on food and have top-quality horses that are achieving some of the best sales in the world,” Toby says.

Three Bridges boasts some of the highest purchase prices for horses in Australia – including the record $5 million sale achieved in 2013 and impressive average sales of $135,000. 

The project has also helped to combat soil erosion, improve the health of the river and enhance biodiversity.

As Toby says “we now have one of the best farms in Victoria, but probably the biggest gain has been the personal satisfaction of doing the right thing for future generations.

“One of the best things we’ve done for our farm is plant trees.  We’re a family run farm and we couldn’t afford to do the planting ourselves, but with the help of Greenfleet, we’ve invested in the land in a way that will pay us back for decades to come.”

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Location size

27.5ha at Eddington, north of Maryborough in Central Victoria

Planting dates

2006, 2008, 2010

Species

  1. Acacia acinacea
  2. Acacia dealbata
  3. Acacia implexa
  4. Acacia mearnsii
  5. Acacia montana
  6. Acacia paradoxa
  7. Acacia pycnantha
  8. Acacia pycnantha
  9. Acacia retinodes
  10. Allocasuarina leuhmannii
  11. Allocasuarina verticillata
  12. Bursaria spinosa
  13. Cassinia arcuata
  14. Eucalyptus camaldulensis
  15. Eucalyptus leucoxylon
  16. Eucalyptus melliodora
  17. Eucalyptus microcarpa
  18. Eucalyptus ovata
  19. Eucalyptus radiata
  20. Eucalyptus viminalis
  21. Leptospermum continentale
  22. Rhagodia parabolica