Work is underway on planting an additional 6,500 trees on properties in targeted areas of the Adelaide Hills near Harrogate that were affected by the Cudlee Creek fire in December as part of a $1.2 million environmental recovery project.

The Bushfire Recovery Paddock Tree project aims to restore habitat for declining woodland bird species such as the Brown Treecreeper and Diamond Firetail.

The Bushfire Recovery Paddock Tree Project replaces some trees that have been lost in the recent fire and steps in to help build up a new generation of paddock trees which will not naturally grow and survive in grazed paddocks without some protection from stock. This will benefit the environment and maintain the beauty of the Adelaide Hills.

The project will be a partnership, between the new Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board and Trees for Life who will undertake the coordination and delivery of all tree plantings.

Natasha Davis from Trees For Life said the organisation has specialised expertise in the restoration of paddock tree landscapes.

“The new Bushfire Recovery Paddock Tree project will cover around 6000 ha but will be targeted quite specifically to areas and properties that are home to specific bird species, to maximise conservation outcomes,” said Ms Davis.

“In the longer term the project will preserve and expand habitat for local woodland bird species, the landscape and the environment generally.”

The Bushfire Recovery Paddock Tree project forms part of the Woodland Bird Resilience Program being funded by the State and Federal governments.