Our carbon plantings

Above - The Flaxley Carbon planting site showing the revegetation results through direct seeding over a 5 year period

Trees For Life has been establishing native forests for carbon sequestration that are funded through the generous donations of Trees For Life, Trees For Life Carbon and Carbon Neutral (2006-10) supporters. Sites are monitored regularly and the site reports updated so that you can track the progress of the plantings you have helped fund. The reports can also be linked to your own website so that your business clients can see firsthand the environmental activities you are supporting.

Because we generally establish our plantings through direct seeding progress is always slow in the first three to five years as the seedlings establish strong root growth for future resilience. We use general photos of the site progress in site reports until the plants get to a reasonable height. We then change to recording the site using photo points. Despite being planted in rows our direct seeded sites develop into natural looking forests which sequester carbon as they grow and significantly increase the biodiversity of the location.

The other benefit of direct seeded sites is that they are less vulnerable to weather in a single season. Seeds lay dormant until the conditions are right for germination.

Our planting philosophy

All of our sites are sown using local provenance seed that we collect ourselves within close proximity to the planting site. We aim to replicate the basic species mix of the original plant cover of the land we are rehabilitating. In that way, we will achieve multiple environmental benefits and avoid creating the sort of species imbalance that native and non native monocultures tend to encourage. Our aim is to improve the planting sites for posterity.

Our auditing policy

To ensure we meet our obligations to our contributors we undertake a stem count in the second or third year so that we can do some remedial planting if plant numbers are less than anticipated. A final independent audit is commissioned at year five or when we believe we have achieved our targets. We continue to carry out remedial on-ground work until the targets are met.

View our current Trees For Carbon site progress report here:   

Bugle Ranges

View our current Trees For Habitat site progress report here:    

Ferries McDonald Monarto Mallee fowl project
Mallee fowl quick facts

View our past allocated sites here:

Birdwood

Bondleigh

Bugle Ranges

 Cape Jervis

Eden Valley A

Eden Valley B

Eudunda

Flaxley

Gladstone

Keyneton

Mannum East

Mannun North

Monarto Zoo

Moorlands

Mt. Compass

Waitpinga

White Hut A

White Hut B

Yankalilla