Local Leaders | Landcare: Mission to protect our paddock trees

Across our rural landscapes, paddock trees stand out as an iconic image, providing shade and shelter for livestock and maintaining the productive capacity of the land. They also provide food, shelter and nesting sites for a large number of birds, bats, insects and small mammals. Whilst many landholders appreciate the benefits that paddock trees bring for productivity and biodiversity we are still losing these trees at an alarming rate. 

Our experienced Landcare neighbours at Boorowa/Hovells Creek have developed a project which provides a valuable insight into the value of these “eco giants”, how to protect the old and replant to fill the gaps left by earlier losses so the landscape-wide ecology can restore healthy function. Yass Landcare Group has asked if they could show the background and implementation of this project. 

Mary Bonet

Mary Bonet

Generously, Boorowa/Hovells Creek Landcare have agreed to host a Field Day to show why they started this project, how it was designed, how it’s being implemented and what they expect it will deliver in the future. Keith Hyde, Gordon Refshauge and John Baker will lead their presentation. Dr Mason Crane of the ANU’s Fenner School and Damon Oliver of the Office of Environment and Heritage will explain the finer points of this project: .

The bus tour this Sunday November 11 will leave from behind the Yass Memorial Hall at 12.30pm and return by 6pm. This is a free event. Refreshments will be provided. As bus seats are limited, RSVP to secure your place through Eventbrite or email:

  • goulburnyass@lachlandcare.org.au