The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is proud to welcome Trees In Newcastle (TIN), the latest community nursery to receive a grant to expand its tree capacity as part of FNPW’s Bushfire Recovery Nursery Project
Trees In Newcastle is a long-established community environmental organisation made up mainly of volunteers. Since 1989, the native plant nursery has been committed to conserving native vegetation, supporting the community with environmental initiatives and offering bush regeneration and consultation services.
To date: TIN has grown over 1.5 million plants since propagation began in 1992. Last year, its bush regeneration team planted over 26,000 native plants across the region. In 2010 alone, its education program helped build knowledge, understanding, skills and positive attitudes with 90 primary and 37 secondary teachers, 533 primary students and 380 secondary students.
TIN has over 50 regular and active volunteers who annually provide 18,500 hours of time and energy to the organisation and the community.
Since the bushfires of 2019 – 2020, TIN has been involved with landowners in the Laguna-Wollombi area, Port Stephens and Merriwa in seed collection, planting advice and the supply of native trees. With the grant provided by FNPW, the Nursery will expand its capacity by an additional 10,000 trees to plant a total of 33,000 native trees. These trees will support the Wollemi NP, Lower and Upper Hunter, Central Coast and Blue Mountains World Heritage Area regions.
The native trees, including the Grey Ironbark, Forest Redgum, Spotted Gum and Black Sheoak, will support threatened species such as the Glossy Black Cockatoo, Powerful Owl, Regent Honeyeater and Koala.
With another three Nurseries yet to be announced, FNPW is moving closer towards its overarching goal of planting a million trees in bushfire affected regions across Australia by 2025.