Tilligerry Habitat Helping Tradies and Koalas By Growing Trees

One of the Tilligerry Habitat Volunteers with some of the trees which will be going back into the local ecosystem.

 

THE team at Tilligerry Habitat are busy growing trees.

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Trees that are not only feeding our koalas but also helping tradies to meet our Councils requirements for their job sites.

Ian Rabbitt from Tilligerry Habitat told News Of The Area, “The money we earn from selling the trees helps fund the habitat and goes towards path and site maintenance.

“The money also helps us to fund our free schools programs.”

Volunteers grow the trees from seed gathered from within the Tilligerry Habitat.

These seeds once collected are placed in trays and when the seedlings are big enough they are transferred to small tubes and grown until they are ready for sale.

Through collection of local seeds within the Tilligerry Habitat for the program, local endemic species are being propagated.

“We have a license to gather and grow seeds from certain native plants as part of our plan of management for Tilligerry Habitat.”

The trees are only sold when they reach 1.5m in height.

It takes several seasons to raise such large trees.

Ian believes that it is well worth your while to visit Tilligerry Habitat.

“We have very beautiful nature walks in the bush and along the coastline of Tanilba Bay.

“Our native plant nursery is popular, and there is always a chance to spot a koala in the wild,” he said.

The team at Tilligerry Habitat supply trees to local tradespeople who don’t know where to turn to fulfill the Council biological offset requirements.

In a separate program the Tilligerry Habitat team are providing koala feed trees to Port Stephens Koalas and native plants to other bush regeneration groups.

The Tilligerry Habitat also runs educational bush regeneration courses.

You can find out more at www.tilligerryhabitat.org.au.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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