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Our favourite 5 stories from the past 20 years

In 2017, we celebrated our 20th birthday! It was a year to celebrate how far we’ve come and think about where the next 20 years will take us. With two decades of practical climate action up our sleeves, we asked the team what their favourite memories at Greenfleet are. We’re sharing the top 5 with you:

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1.Bass Valley, the first ever Greenfleet forest

It was in October 1997 that Greenfleet really took off with the planting of more than 40,000 native seedlings across 37 ha of land in South Gippsland, Victoria, in partnership with Landcare and Scouts Australia. Three sites were revegetated as part of this project, to help prevent further erosion and landslips. As well, we wanted to help improve water quality in the adjoining catchment by reducing sediments moving into the Bass River and to restore biodiversity in the region. Over the years, the trees have grown at rates greater than expected and are now forming beautiful, mature forests. The planting has stabilised the river bank, improving and expanding habitat for animals such as wombats and various bird and fish species. One area has also improved the water quality of run-offs discharging into Candowie Reservoir. The trees are providing much needed shelter for animal stock. This has added value to the already very productive farmland. 

All three sites have achieved full canopy coverage and enclose bio-networks that were not present prior to planting. Tree growth is fantastic, with most planted species readily observable. The project was a great example of collaboration between several different groups in order to achieve a successful outcome,” said Eoghan O’Connor, Greenfleet’s Forestry Manager. 

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2. Battery Creek

This forest is one of the most visually stunning transformations we’ve seen since the beginning of our work. Battery Creek in south east Victoria was planted in 1999. Over the next 10 years, we planted 44,000 more seedlings. The once bare hill is now swarming with biodiversity. The trees are blossoming and standing taller than two-story houses! 

The first time I visited the forest at Battery Creek, I had goosebumps!” said Aline, our Marketing Manager.
I had seen the photos of what the property looked like before Greenfleet. But right then and there, I was right in the heart of a stunning forest, teeming with life. Surrounded by the trees, I could hear the wind brushing the leaves at the top of the huge trees, I could smell the essence of the eucalyptus trees, I could feel peeling bark and leaves under my feet, I could see the rosellas noisily flying from one branch to the next, enjoying safe shelter, I could witness all that nature has to offer. I felt so humble and proud of what we’re able to achieve together with our supporters.”

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3. Becoming the first ever organisation to be provided with carbon rights on Crown Land in Australia

In 2016, we joined forces with the Victorian Government to enable the reforestation of public land for carbon storage and improve biodiversity. In a significant step forward for climate change, we became the first organisation in Australia to receive the carbon rights from plantings on Crown Land

In being granted these carbon rights, we are achieving a long-anticipated goal of using private-sector support for the public good. This opens the potential for Greenfleet to scale up support for ecosystem restoration across public land in Victoria,” Wayne Wescott, Greenfleet CEO said. “As public-sector budgets are increasingly challenged, this model can provide critical funding for public-land restoration.”

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4. Faye’s Forest

The journey of Faye’s Forest has touched everyone here at Greenfleet. When Dominic approached Greenfleet to help him create a Memorial Forest for his wife, we knew that this was going to be a special project. Amongst the beautiful trees in Lysterfield National Park, Victoria, Faye’s Forest is a living legacy of her life. This experience brought focus on the soothing power of trees and forests. We are now working on offering the option to commemorate someone’s life with a Greenfleet forest as a living legacy to the community.

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5. The Low Glow Project

In 2017, Greenfleet joined forces with The Prince’s Trust Australia and The Walt Disney Company Australia to create a local community activation program with global reach: The Low Glow Collaboration.

The planting of 80,000 trees right next to Queensland’s famous turtle nesting beach Mon Repos turned out to have benefits far beyond offsetting carbon emissions. Our forest will grow into a thick ‘green curtain’ that will protect the baby turtles from the light glow of surrounding communities at night. Why is that important? Because the little hatchlings follow the brightest light and easily get lost walking around in circles instead of naturally rushing to the ocean. With only 1 in 1000 Loggerhead turtles making it to the age of 30 (which is when they come back to the exact same beach to lay eggs), it is crucially important to prevent as much artificial light glow as possible. Together with the local community, including schools and businesses, ‘Low Glow’ is now a successful community activation program.

In 20 years, we have achieved a great deal. It is thanks to the countless donations and support from the thousands of individuals and organisations across Australia and New Zealand – you! Without you, we would not be here today. This is your achievement as much as it is ours. Thanks for taking practical climate action every day with Greenfleet. We’re excited to see where the next 20 years will take us, and we have a lot of projects in the pipeline.

Do you have any favourite Greenfleet memory? Send us an email with your top moments, we’d love to hear from you and share your moment with the Greenfleet community.

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