9 November 2017 - Media release
Campaspe Shire Council’s Rural Tree Scheme has proven another great success this year with requests for over 14,000 seedlings. Funds allocated to the scheme for the 2017-18 financial year are now fully expended, the scheme will reopen in July 2018.
Mayor Cr Adrian Weston said the scheme provides an opportunity to rural land owners to purchase plants at a subsidised rate, encouraging them to plant native species to improve landscape aesthetics and the environment.
“This year has been a great success with council receiving 110 landholder participants in the Rural Tree Scheme - the most since its inception in 2002,” Cr Weston said.
The goal behind the initiative is to put more native plants back onto properties and in turn help the environment. Trees, shrubs and ground covers provide habitat for wildlife, create wind breaks, offer shade and privacy, visually improve the landscape and are low maintenance.
“With a 25% increase in seedling requests, it has certainly been a well received scheme available to our rural community,” Cr Weston said.
“The environmental benefits to the scheme is a driving force, providing landholders greater shade opportunities, as well as increased bird and animal life, adding to healthy ecosystems,” Cr Weston said.
All Campaspe Shire rural zoned ratepayers were eligible to purchase plants at a subsidised rate through the Rural Tree Scheme, with number of plants available limited to property size. Ordered plants are available for collection in either Spring 2017 or Autumn 2018. This allows landowners time to prepare the planting site to ensure high survival rates.
“Landholders are to be congratulated on their successful planting, with site visits to participating properties through council’s monitoring program, showing a survival rate above 75% after two years of planting,” Cr Weston said.
“In the last five years, more than 45,000 species have been planted through the scheme and with the requests from this year, the total will exceed 59,000 – a fantastic result, one that we are proud to offer our rural landowners,” Cr Weston added.