Our Conservation Project
We are very fortunate to live alongside the Kara Kara National Park, which represents one of the last remaining intact Box-Ironbark forests in Victoria. The local flora and fauna provide us with endless happy surprises throughout each year – there always seems to be something new to observe and identify!
Unfortunately, some parts of the landscape still bear the scars of the devastation caused during the various Gold Rushes that swept through our area in the 1860s: evidence of mining activity is still visible throughout the bush and also down along the banks of Cherry Tree Creek. Subsequent logging impacted the region and the resultant cleared areas have been slow to regenerate.
Recently, we’ve been seeking advice from the very knowledgeable people at Parks Victoria and the Kara Kara Conservation Management Network to guide us on a project that we’re about to begin.
We intend to regenerate parts of our property, creating a green corridor from the National Park down to our creek. This will involve both direct planting and seeding of selected areas with species appropriate to the original Box-Ironbark habitat. The phascogales and sugar-gliders are going to love it!
The best part of all is that our visitors will help us to achieve this without even getting their hands dirty! At the end of each Alpaca Trek, our participants will be able to nominate (from a list comprised of suitable species) which type of tree or shrub they would like planted. We’ll place our orders with the nursery and then the following planting season (autumn) the next section of habitat will be planted! (Of course all trekkers would be welcome to come back and help if they really do want to get their hands dirty!)
Helping the environment just by walking a loveable, cuddly alpaca? How good is that!
Our first plants were planted in July 2018, and the area is already attracting birds and insects. Since then we’ve planted an additional 50 plants for our visitors! (We would have planted more, but the summer of 2018/19 wasn’t conducive to planting.)
It’s already been fantastic to have visitors return and ask after their trees – and even help us with the planting. Thank you all so much!