Allocasuarina Nana John Tan - Australia Parks and Wildlife - FNPW Picture Courtesy of John Tan

Bushfire Recovery Nurseries

Bushfire Recovery Program

  • YEAR: 2020
  • STATE: National
  • FOCUS AREAS: Healing our Land/Saving Species

The FNPW Bushfire Recovery Program recognises the different levels of impact and works to support natural restoration as well as community-managed revegetation projects.

Following the catastrophic bushfires in the summer of 2019 – 2020 FNPW developed the Healing our land campaign to support the long journey the Australian people and the environment would take towards bushfire recovery. The Australian bush has developed unique and varied ways to recover after bushfires. Some ecosystems and habitats can be completely devastated by fire while others are only slightly damaged.

FNPW support

This project was funded through generous donations from FNPW supporters across Australia and beyond.

Major sponsor: One Tree Planted

Grant round: Funding for project activities will be provided to groups through FNPW bushfire recovery grant rounds

FNPW Bushfire Recovery Nursery Locations

We are proud to support community nurseries across regions impacted by the 2019-2020 Black Summer Bushfires. Each nursery will be growing seedlings native to the local region to support restoration of habitat over the coming years. The following nursery locations have been announced, more will come on board over the duration of the project.


Armidale  Tree Group Incorporated (Nganyaywana)
80 Mann St, Armidale NSW, 2350
P: 0466 995 785  E:

Friends of the Koala Nursery  (Bundjalung)
Rifle Range Road, East Lismore NSW, 2480
P: 0413 339 554  E:

Hawkesbury City Council Nursery (Dharug)
10 Mulgrave Road, Mulgrave NSW 2756
P: 0435 322 634  E:

Trees in Newcastle (Awabakal)
Kalaroo Rd, Redhead NSW 2290
P: 0419 275 834  E:

Hunter Region Landcare Nursery
1-3 Brisbane St, Merriwa NSW 2307
P: 0408 499 838  E:

Kyogle Landcare Nursery 
40 Summerland Way, Kyogle NSW 2474
P: (02) 6636 2499

Riverina Highlands Nursery (Wiradjuri)
Gocup Road, Tumut NSW 2720
P: 0438 406 417  E:

Wollondilly Community Nursery
Wonga Rd, Picton NSW 2571
P: (02) 4677 1100


Greening Australia Nursery (Ngunawal)
5 Kubura Pl, Aranda ACT 2614
P: (02) 6129 5400 E:


District Council of Yankalilla (Kaurna)
1 Charles Street, Yankalilla SA 5203
P: (08) 8558 0220 E:

Mount Barker District Council / Hills Biodiversity Community Nursery (Peramangk)
100 Springs Road, Mount Barker SA 5251
P: 0455 175 280 E:


Gelantipy Landcare Nursery (Kurnai)
3855 Gelantipy Rd, Gelantipy VIC 3885
P: 0427 550 220

Project overview

The Bushfire Recovery Program supports natural restoration, and community-managed revegetation projects across Australia. Working in partnership with like-minded organisations and community groups, FNPW will support projects for seed collection and storage, growing plants in nurseries, planting trees in their forever homes, and learning and growing from our shared experiences.

The program is currently working in the 2019-2020 bushfire impacted areas across Queensland (QLD), New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (Vic), & South Australia (SA).

Developing partnerships with local or state government bodies and community partners would ensure:

  • the support for community nurseries across a number of regions
  • engagement of of local landholders to plant species lost in the fires
  • identification of priority public lands for large scale tree planting and ecosystem restoration projects

A project sponsorship with the NGO One Tree Planted was announced on April 22 (World Earth Day) to support the development and delivery of bushfire recovery projects, specifically for tree planting of one million trees over the course of the project.

Funding support is needed for the project management and initial infrastructure upgrades for nursery sites.

Additional revegetation and ecosystem restoration activities that will go along with this funding to support the success of the restoration  projects on public and private land.

The project is focussed on the large scale restoration of areas impacted by fire, it also is an important engagement tool for communities that have been impacted to support their recovery over the coming years.

Revegetation programs are similar and have planning, procurement, delivery and maintenance phases. The project will have specific elements for the revegetation of sites:

Project Initiation and Planning is needed to identify sites, engage with the community and deliver the works on the ground.

Plants and materials are a major cost item and plants will require 6 months or more of lead time to procure. A master plant list would be developed for the entire program and sections of the list allocated to different nurseries.

Preparation and planting phase of the program requires coordination to bring together planning and plants for delivery of plants to site, ground preparation and installation of the plants.

Post-planting maintenance is very important as the works undertaken in the 2 years post planting will determine the success of the project.

Bushfire Recovery Nursery Volunteering


FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.


The project is ongoing.

This project is funded by FNPW sponsors and donors from 2020 onwards.


Plant a Tree for Me! is an initiative of the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife launched in 2015 with an ambitious conservation program of activities to help protect and grow natural habitat which is key to the survival of our endangered species.

Donate to Plant a Tree for Me!

Bushfire Recovery Nursery Site Launch Video

Partners for Impact

Recently, Ian Darbyshire, our CEO, spoke at the Sydney Morning Herald Sustainability Summit, about how to combat climate change through the work of the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

FNPW recognises that partnerships are key in helping fight the devastating effects of climate change. An example of a partnership is with L’OCCITANE and One Tree Planted, which has so far delivered 14 bushfire recovery nurseries across NSW, Victoria, and South Australia with Queensland. This is making a big difference to FNPW’s mission to plant One Million Trees in response to the 2019 bushfires.

“Australia is one of only 17 countries with a mega-diverse environment and it’s up to us to protect it now, and for the generations to come”.


FNPW would welcome your support of our work towards bushfire recovery. Learn more about how you can support FNPW.

New Nurseries Launched

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife launches New Bushfire Recovery Nurseries to continue its mission to plant one million trees across Australia

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW), the charity partner of Australia’s national parks, has awarded grants to three new bushfire recovery nurseries in New South Wales and South Australia as part of its mission to plant one million trees in bushfire affected regions by 2025.

To date, seven nurseries have been supported by FNPW’s grants in NSW, ACT and SA, with the most recent being Mount Barker District Council (SA), Trees in Newcastle (NSW) and Upper Shoalhaven Land Council (NSW).

FNPW’s grants, supported by One Tree Planted and L’OCCITANE Australia, will expand the capacity of these existing tree nurseries to propagate thousands more native plants for erosion prevention and animal habitats. Seedlings will be established from indigenous tree species in each of the nursery locations and will be planted in national parks across Australia, as well as other public and private lands that have been affected by bushfires.

Grant awardees include:

Mount Barker District Council

In partnership with Hills Biodiversity, the Council will expand its nursery facility and upscale its resources to plant a total of 16,000 additional seedlings to support 35 threatened native species, with a particular focus on SA Blue Gum, Wirilda and Varnish Wattle. These seedlings will contribute to the bushfire recovery efforts in the Mount Lofty to Kangaroo Island Connection and cater for volunteers working on Council projects, with many of the plants grown by Hills Biodiversity and the Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning group to be planted on private land.

Trees in Newcastle

Trees In Newcastle (TIN) 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.

Since the bushfires of 2019 – 2020, TIN has been involved with landowners in the Laguna-Wollombi, Port Stephens and Merriwa areas to collect seed, provide planting advice and supply 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.

The Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council (the umbrella organisation for landcare in the Upper Shoalhaven, Upper Deua & Lake George Catchment areas in South East NSW)

Given recent droughts and bushfires, it is an important time to bring the Braidwood and surrounds community together to help collect a local seed bank and propagate more native tubestock. This grant will allow for the launch of a five-year-in-planning community nursery program, with the capacity for 16,000 seedlings across 20 tree species, including Blackwood, Brittle Gum, Ribbon Gum and Snow Gum, as well as threatened species such as the Araluen Gum and the Mongarlowe Mallee.

Mr. Ian Darbyshire, Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, said:

“These community nurseries play a significant role in restoring our national ecosystem. We are currently working with our government and corporate partners across bushfire affected states around the country to secure more nursery locations so we can sooner achieve our goal of planting one million trees by 2025.”

Tree Planting Update

Yankalilla Community Nursery Plants 25,000 trees 

During 2021 the Yankalilla (Fleurieu Coast) Community Nursery has grown 45,000 trees and has successfully planted 25,000 of the seedlings with the support of its volunteers and partners.

These seedlings have been planted in the Cape Jervis,  Carrickalinga, and Sellicks Cliffs area to support the habitat restoration for the Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami).

The Glossy Black Cockatoo was once common on the Fleurieu Peninsula, however  are now found only on Kangaroo Island and were heavily impacted by the recent fires which have further reduced the habitat on Kangaroo Island making restoration on the Fleurieu Peninsula even more critical.

Planting these trees is valuable in the recovery of coastal woodlands on the Fleurieu Peninsula as outlined in the Normanville Biodiversity Action Plan. Associated species that will be grown and planted with the Drooping Sheoak include the SA Blue Gum, Dryland Tea Tree, Pink Gum, Mallee Box, SA Coastal Wattle, Coastal Daisy, Twiggy Daisy and Boobiala just to name the main species. The Nursery will also continue focus on propagating local rare species such as the Normanville Wattle, Fragrant Salt Bush, Notable Wattle and many more.


Project gallery

From left to right: Patrick Medley, Chairman, FNPW, Pierre-Emmanuel Joffre, Managing Director, L'OCCITANE Australia, Mark Wilson, Nursery Manager, Friends of the Koala and Beth Dalgleish, APAC Ecosystem Director at One Tree Planted

FNPW to Plant One Million Trees Across Australia in Response to Devastating Bushfires

 22 April 2020, Australia: In recognition of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary, the charity partner for Australia’s National Parks, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) and global reforestation non-profit, One Tree Planted, have announced a five-year project to plant up to one million trees in Bushfire Recovery Nurseries around Australia.

Given the impact of Australia’s devastating bushfires in 2019/20, the Bushfire Recovery Nurseries will be the first step in significant replanting following the impact of the bushfires on tree species’ in gravely affected areas.

FNPW is currently working with governments and community partners to assess priority areas in NSW, ACT, Victoria and South Australia, with a focus on re-building habitats for affected species’ such as the black glossy cockatoo and koala. Trees from the Bushfire Recovery Nurseries will be planted in national parks across Australia, as well as other public and private lands that have been affected by bushfires.

As part of its five-year commitment, One Tree Planted will donate over a million dollars AUD over the five-year plan, with additional partner funding to be sourced for ongoing work. Seedlings will be established from indigenous tree species in each of the nursery locations. Work will begin as soon as possible, taking into consideration the restrictions of COVID-19, and nursery projects will be scaled up from 2021 onwards as more sites become available.

“The world was deeply impacted by the loss and heartache Australia endured during its most horrific bushfire season. This partnership with FNPW in Australia is critical in restoring wildlife habitats, assisting the growth of native vegetation, and generally protecting the world’s biodiversity. It’s an essential intervention for Australia’s future and we will do everything we can to help,” said Diana Chaplin, Canopy Director for One Tree Planted.

FNPW will begin work in South Australia using the Community Nursery model, run by local volunteers to propagate native and indigenous plants for landscaping, erosion prevention and providing animal habitat. Locations are being identified, with a focus on extending the capacity of existing nurseries where possible. Additional tube stock will help cater for the bushfire recovery tree species needed for government and council revegetation projects.

David Speirs, Minister for Environment and Water, South Australia said: “We are grateful to work with our long-term partner, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife on a crucial project to help rebuild what we have lost as a result of the devastating bushfires. This is an important step towards bushfire recovery and will pave the way for conservation projects in the future.”

Since 2015, FNPW has worked on its initiative “Plant a Tree For Me’ in response to the progressively degrading environment. FNPW’s proven expertise will be an essential part in aiding the recovery project over the coming years.

“The Bushfire Recovery Nurseries are an important step towards immediate bushfire recovery. Whilst we cannot ensure tree growth in bushfire affected areas right now due to restricted access and the severity of fires, we can plan towards the future when we will be able to plant trees at scale. It’s essential for the regeneration of Australia’s future,” concluded Ian Darbyshire, Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

About One Tree Planted

One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Their reforestation projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife. Each project focus is different, and can include forest fire restoration, agroforestry, watershed health, biodiversity, climate, and social impact. Many projects have overlapping objectives, creating a combination of benefits that contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Related Projects

Plant a Tree for Me!

Plant a Tree for Me! projects focus on Australian native species conservation through habitat restoration and revegetation projects.


Goal: Build the capacity of communities to identify their endemic species and secure seed from those plants to ensure the ongoing survival of species post bushfires.

Habitat Restoration

Goal: To restore native vegetation and natural habitats, and support wildlife rehabilitation in areas impacted by bushfires

Bushfire Recovery Program

Following the catastrophic bushfires in summer 2019-2020, the Healing our land campaign was developed by FNPW to support long term bushfire recovery projects across Australia.