Rural Tree Scheme now open

5 July 2018 - Media release

Rural landowners have the opportunity to purchase seedlings at a subsidised rate through Campaspe Shire Council’s Rural Tree Scheme which is now open.

Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said the scheme is a great incentive for rural landowners to improve their property landscape by purchasing native plant species at a reduced cost.

“The scheme is a proven success with the take up over the last six years exceeding 60,000 plants,” Cr Weston said.

The planting of trees, shrubs and ground cover species provides multiple benefits to both the landowner and the broader community and catchment. Indigenous species are particularly suited for our climate and soil.

“Planting trees, shrubs and ground cover not only visually improves the landscape, but provides habitat for wildlife and creates privacy and wind breaks,” Cr Weston said.

The species available through the program are low maintenance plants with a recent participant survey revealing a survival rate of 75 per cent after three years of planting.

All Campaspe Shire rural zoned ratepayers are eligible to purchase a limited number of plants at a subsidised rate through the Rural Tree Scheme. Property size determines the maximum amount of plants available to landowners.

Once ordered, plants are available for collection in Autumn 2019. A long lead time is required to enable nurseries to propagate the required species as well as allowing landowners time to prepare the planting site to ensure high survival rates.

“Council and your local Landcare Group can provide landowners with information and advice on species selection and site preparation,” Cr Weston said.

The offer is currently available until 1 November, or when the allocated funds have been spent. Order forms are available from all customer service centres, the Campaspe Shire website or can be mailed out on request.

Click here for more information and to place your order.