Turning over a new leaf

By Esther Lauaki

Macedon Ranges landowners are being encouraged to turn their properties into native forests.

Volunteers planted 3000 trees in Newham in recent weeks to revegetate a property now dubbed the New Forest as part of an initiative run by not-for-profit environmental group Greenfleet.

The saplings are overlooked by Hanging Rock, and will grow into a native forest to capture carbon emissions and protect the climate.

Landowner Kate Warne said the new trees would be enjoyed by their family for years to come.

They will also improve soil quality and provide habitat for local wildlife and protection from the weather for the property which farms cows and sheep.

“We are so excited to revegetate our land – not only to help the climate, but also to create a better environment for our kids,” Ms Warne said. “We want them to grow up experiencing the wonder of a native forest.

“For us, it made complete sense to plant on our property.”

Greenfleet chief executive Wayne Wescott called on other landowners to join the movement.

“Everybody wins. For landowners, their land is revitalised and the trees and planting are funded by supporter donations,” Mr Wescott said.

Details: www.greenfleet.org.au