20 Million Trees project update at Eaglehawk Waterhole

20 Million Trees project update at Eaglehawk Waterhole

Nature Glenelg Trust has recently planted its first area towards achieving the milestone of restoring 70 hectares of the Eaglehawk Waterhole property. A range of understorey species (~ 900 individual plants) have been planted to boost the restoration process after livestock were removed back in late 2013.

Muntries, New Holland daisies, rare wattles, native pines, broombush and chocolate lilies, to name just a few, were spread out over the two hectare planting site on a slope grading from Stringybark on a sandy soil down to a SA Blue Gum woodland on the wetter flat ground. All plants were guarded and watered in with some seed collecting, weed and rabbit control required as follow up in the coming months.

Planting team hard at work

Next year’s species list will include those suitable as a food source for the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Stringybark and Buloke) and a host of other shrubs and wildflowers to compliment the overstorey plantings, existing remnants, and areas already beginning to regenerate naturally.

A huge thanks to Thai and Jonathan for leading the planting teams and a special thanks to our three volunteers Rosemary, Chloe, Callan and the NGT planting teams for their help. And how could we forget Oscar the Border-collie.

Oscar the Border-collie with Lachie

This project is being delivered by Nature Glenelg Trust, with funding support from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Bryan Haywood