2023 Paddock Tree Project Featured

Gunning District Landcare's 'Paddock Tree Project' aims to re-establish paddock trees in the Gunning region. Landholders can request 1 to 25 trees and guards per property, and are required to make a co-contribution of $20 or $25 per guard depending on the size of the guard, as well as supply their own steel pickets. There is a saving of around $35 per guard through this subsidised project! 


This year's project is generously funded by the Biala Wind Farm. All landholders in the Gunning region of the Upper Lachlan Shire are invited to apply. If the project is over-subscribed, those in the Biala Wind Farm area will be given priority.


Expressions of interest are due by midnight Sunday 23rd April 2023. Numbers are limited, so don't delay in sending in your form!




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This project is designed to improve health and connectivity in the landscape by planting the next generation of native trees. Scattered paddock trees are an important part of the landscape and play a number of roles on a healthy and productive farm. 


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Requirements of participants: 

1) submit an EOI form;

2) if successful, become a member of a Gunning District Landcare (if you are not already);

3) co-invest $20 per small (1200 tall, e.g. sheep-proof) guard and $25 per large (1650mm, e.g. cattle/horse-proof) guard; and,

4) provide three steel posts per guard. 


Exactly what's on offer: 

  • 1 to 25 paddock tree seedlings/property;
  • reinforced steel mesh tree guards (re-usable);
  • weed mats;
  • detailed instructions.

All will be supplied in autumn 2023. Both types of guards are made of the same type of steel mesh; the only difference is the sheep-proof guards stand at 1200mm high, and the cattle/horse-proof guards stand at 1650mm high. The guards are strong and top-quality to withstand pressure from stock and wildlife! 


Benefits of scattered paddock trees

Check out the excellent resources on this topic offered by ANU Sustainable Farms.


Benefits for wildlife

Scattered paddock trees provide an important function for our wildlife including:

- Habitat hollows for many birds, mammals, such as micro bats, reptiles, frogs, insects and spiders;

- A stepping stone for animal movement between patches of native vegetation;

- Important fauna food sources like nectar, foliage and insects;

- Increasing species’ resilience to the changing climate.

About one third of agricultural land in the Australian temperate zone contains scattered paddock trees. Most of these trees are very old and there are often insufficient young trees growing to take their place. Even dead and unhealthy scattered paddock trees are important as they provide homes and shelter for wildlife. The big concern is that in 40 years all of these paddock trees could be gone.


Benefits for your farm

Connected, resilient environments lead to healthy and productive farms. Planting native trees and protecting natural areas and waterways can provide numerous production benefits, including: providing shade for stock, sheltering stock and soil from strong winds, improving water quality and encouraging native pollinators and species that provide natural insect control. Scattered paddock trees provide a range of benefits for productivity including:

- Pest control. Bats and birds that roost in trees can significantly reduce the number of insect pests;

- Stock and crops thrive better with shelter. Trees give protection from the wind and extreme temperatures;

- Salinity management. Trees can reduce waterlogging and dryland salinity problems;

- Improved soil structure. Wind and water erosion is reduced with remnant vegetation;

- Better quality soil. Soil fertility improves as leaf litter and animal droppings break down, bringing nutrients to pastures from deep soil beyond the reach of the pasture root zone;

- Natural regeneration. Mature trees provide the seeds to grow young trees and create the right conditions to grow native grasses and shrubs;

- Bee products. Valuable for apiary, honey, bees wax and pollination, although feral bees can exclude native fauna from tree hollows.


This project is supported by South East Local Land Services through funding provided by the NSW Government.

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