Rediscovering the country

I’ve been interested and actively involved in landscape restoration for many years. One of the most inspiring stories of practical achievement to restore biodiversity in rural landscapes is that of the Regent Honeyeater Project, in NE Victoria.

The project and its driving force, Ray Thomas, will feature in a lecture hosted by the Norman Wettenhall Foundation, on the 20th June – 5pm at the Melbourne Museum.

“Collaborating with landholders as the key to environmental success” will also see the launch of the film “Rediscovering the Country – a film journey into landscape restoration”

Tickets are $30 Book here on-line http://www.trybooking.com/EPKG 

It promises to be an excellent event and deserves generous support.

Since it began over 19 years ago, the Regent Honeyeater Project has transformed a landscape.

The lecturer – Ray Thomas, award-winning leader of the remarkable Regent Honeyeater project that has created wide habitat corridors for wildlife across 1,500 hectares of farmland, revitalising and reconnecting remnant fragments. This spring, the Foundation will join with this flagship community-driven project to celebrate 20 years of bringing back the bush among the Lurg hills near Benalla.

The film launch – Once was biodiverse abundance everywhere. This 30 minute film Rediscovering the Country goes on a journey from south-east Australia to Sri Lanka in search of answers as to how we can find our way back. Along the way, the film makers encounter partnerships like the Regent Honeyeater project, which aim to build resilience for the landholders as well as the landscape. Produced by Australian Forest Growers and She Oaks Films, and sponsored by Norman Wettenhall Foundation, Melliodora Fund, Rose Gilder, the Mullum Trust, and the Moorabool Landcare Group.

NWF-Lecture

2 responses to “Rediscovering the country

  1. Hi Geoff, you are prolific! Just came across “wood4good”, looks like they grow selective timbers on farmland, used for firewood. Could be a good model for newstead community energy? Presumably if done well, you would get all sorts of environmental flow on benefits and improved farm productivity

    On Sunday, June 1, 2014, Natural Newstead wrote: > Geoff Park posted: “I’ve been interested and actively involved in landscape restoration for many years. One of the most inspiring stories of practical achievement to restore biodiversity in rural landscapes is that of the Regent Honeyeater Project, in NE Victoria. The pro” >

    • Yes Tosh – I know the guys involved in this enterprise and all power to their arms! It would be great to get something like this going in Newstead … just need someone (not a birdwatching obsessed blogger!) to get the ball rolling …
      Cheers, geoff

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