Future Forests contractors work in the nursery area at Nimbin, NSW


Nimbin, NSW

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Seedlings Planted

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October 2023

Pollyanna (CPOZ) and Sam (Future Forests) completed the second-year monitoring assessment, measuring 10 plots across the site. Results showed a high average survival rate of 97% (excluding natural regeneration). The average tree height increased by 115%, from 0.53m to 1.14m.

Man standing in grassy paddock overlooking trees


December 2022

Pollyanna (CPOZ) and Sam (Future Forests) conducted the first comprehensive monitoring assessment at Nimbin in December. Conditions varied between plots but overall growth was great and the average density was 2,805 trees/ha. There was also evidence of naturally regenerating trees across some plots which indicates that previous bush regeneration work had been successful.

Future Forests contractors work in the nursery area at Nimbin, NSW


May 2022

Planting was originally scheduled to begin in early March, however, the Nimbin region, like much of NSW and QLD, experienced significant flooding. Although all of the mulch was destroyed, the seedlings miraculously survived. After further repair of the creek crossing, planting commenced in May. Over a four-week period, the Future Forests team hand-planted more than 69,000 native seedlings across the property.

Landscape with rolling hills and sparse trees with fog in the distance

Planting Prep

February 2022

Site preparation is an integral part of the planting process and can have a significant impact on seedlings’ survival and establishment rates. During February, the team from Future Forests slashed the shoulder-high Setaria grass in preparation for planting. This process reduces the likelihood of seedlings being smothered as they try to establish their root systems. 

Man in khaki shirt and hat kneeling next to a large tree removing surrounding weeds

Bush regeneration

October 2021

Bush regeneration work began in October across a 6-hectare area, including a regenerating hoop pine forest and riparian zone along Webster’s Creek. The team from Future Forests treated and removed fast-growing, non-native, invasive species such as camphor laurel, lantana, and privet. These (and other non-native) species compete with and displace native vegetation, produce huge amounts of bird-carried seed, infest riparian zones, and can take over large areas.

Two cement drain pipes running through a creek crossing

Creek remediation

September 2021

The site is located in a high rainfall area, averaging more than 1,150mm each year. Flooding in 2020 had washed away two key creek crossings that were to provide vehicle access to the planting and regeneration areas. These crossings were repaired by a local contractor to ensure access for planting in Feb/March 2022.

Nimbin landscape with trees

Site assessment

July 2021

Our planting contractor, Sam (Future Forests), undertook a full site assessment to determine soil structure, rainfall, and vegetation (including weed species and site challenges), in order to develop a planting methodology and establishment plan. The site’s topography is very steep in parts, making planting a challenge. A mixture of natural bush regeneration and planting was proposed.

Nimbin landscape

Initial site visit

June 2021

Pollyanna (CPOZ) met with the landholder and planting contractor to discuss the site and the desired restoration outcomes. The landholder was keen to see the native forest restored and connected with remnant bush and riparian zones to increase habitat and connectivity for wildlife, including koalas. Native hoop pine forest was regenerating naturally in some areas near the creek, however large areas of open pasture were identified for potential planting.

What we planted

Acacia Illustration


5 species
short lifespan
nitrogen fixing

Casuarina illustration


2 species
salt and drought tolerant
attracts native birds
nitrogen converter

Eucalyptus Illustration


5 species
high survivability in nutrient-poor soils
fast maturing tree
utilised for canopy cover

Native species illustration


92 species
all native to the area
ground and canopy cover
habitat for native fauna

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