Ambitious targets for Daintree’s new nursery
THE first of 40,000 new trees to be planted in 2017 in the Daintree have begun to be grown at the newly relaunched Daintree Rainforest Nursery which sits in the shadow of Thornton Peak.
The nursery is part of an ambitious project to grow and plant 40 million trees in Australia by 2040.
It’s managed by the Australian Rainforest Foundation which is working with the USbased Rainforest Trust to fight back against deforestation around the world.
Chief executive of Rainforest Trust Australia Kelvin Davies said at the relaunch of the nursery the project was vital to helping tackle climate change.
“We know we need to take immediate action to help tackle climate change,” said Mr Davies.
“We must reduce our use of fossil fuels but planting trees can also be part of the response.”
The nursery is also funded in part by the North Queensland Wildlife Trust and various zoos from around the nation.
Plans were unveiled at the re-launch to sustainably develop the site on Cape Tribulation Rd to expand services to include day facilities for tourists, a tropical fruit orchard, a palmetum, interpretative signage and improved facilities for volunteers.
Manager of the nursery, Golly Watson, told the that the land was ideal for growing trees, as the soil is so fertile.
“The growth rate is possibly the best,” said Mr Watson, who added that some trees could grow anywhere between two to three metres a year. “The minerals in the soil are unbelievable – incredibly rich soil.”
Mr Watson has 11 years’ experience as a conservationist, and says every day has been worth it.
“Everyone would love to plant trees, but the opportunity doesn’t come up much. I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”
As manager of the nursery, Mr Watson will be responsible for maintenance of the property and other locations owned by the foundation for rainforest rejuvenation.
Besides that, he said the nursery is intended to become a community hub for people to visit and enjoy.
“We need to have more community involvement here. There’s a lot of amazing people living up this way and it would be great to have people come and stay.
“It won’t take long for all the good people to come and hang out – and that’s how people should see it, a place to enjoy.”
The Benella Rainforest Nursery in the Daintree Lowlands
Ceo of Rainforest Trust Australia Kelvin Thomas with Golly Watson, manager of the re-launched Daintree Rainforest Nursery