1000 TREES FOR KENTISH IN 2023
The 1,000 Trees Project aims to plant 1,000 native plants in the Kentish Municipality in 2023.
It continues the highly successful 1000 Trees 2022 Project.
The Autumn plantings for 2023 have now been completed. Our volunteers planted a total of 1192 trees at five different sites, with an average of 25 people attending each planting. The dates and sites were:
Sat 22 Apr - West Nook Road, Sheffield
(at a certified organic dairy)
Sat & Sun 29 - 30 Apr - Sheffield Transfer Station
Sat 6 May - Wilmot School Farm, Wilmot
Sat 13 May - Jarman's Road, Nook
Sat 20 May - Paradise Road Farm, Claude Road, Sheffield.
Dates and locations of Spring plantings will be announced soon.
How the 1000 Trees programme works:
We seek expressions of interest from landowners with four types of sites, particularly on farmland. Expressions of interest have closed for 2023.
Beside streams, rivers or waterways.
On steeper slopes where there is a risk of soil creep (or soil slump).
Shelterbelts on farms.
In areas where patches of remnant bushland can be connected by new plantings.
Ideally the site will be in a highly visible location, where it will be easily seen by the public and serve as a demonstration site that inspires other landowners to do similar things.
The project is a partnership between the landholder, MRLC and volunteer tree planters. The landholder is responsible for site preparation, including fencing (to exclude browsing animals), weed control and ongoing maintenance once the seedlings are planted. MRLC provides the plants, guards, mats and stakes, and if needed provides technical assistance to the landowner with advice on species selection and planting layout. MRLC also organizes a public tree planting day, where the seedlings are planted, guarded and watered in as necessary. Volunteer tree planters participate in the public tree planting day – typically a Saturday starting at 10am. After a couple of hours, the planters also enjoy a lunch provided by the landholder as a thank you for their efforts.
In 2022, Mount Roland Land Care planted 430 seedlings on two properties in autumn, and 635 seedlings on four properties in spring.
Pictures from our wonderful volunteer tree planting days can be seen below.
In 2022 funding to support the 1,000 Trees Project was made available through a grant from the Cradle Coast Authority, and also funds from the Kentish Council.