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Tree scheme open for Campaspe rural landowners

By Riverine Herald

SOW some seeds and see your trees succeed, thanks to Campaspe Shire Council.

Through the Rural Tree Scheme, local land owners will be able to purchase native seedlings for a subsided cost.

Community general manager Keith Oberin said the scheme was a great way for rural landowners to improve their property’s landscape.

“Through the scheme approximately 40 indigenous plant species are available that are well suited to the Campaspe climate and soil types,” he said.

“There is a good range of plants to choose from, ranging from groundcovers that grow to less than a metre, to trees that will grow more than 30 m.

“Council, along with local Landcare groups, can provide advice on species selection and site preparation.”

All rural zoned ratepayers within Campaspe Shire are eligible to purchase limited numbers of subsidised plants through the scheme.

Property size determines the maximum amount of plants available.

Landowners are encouraged to contact participating nurseries to negotiate pickup times prior to the end of June next year.

Autumn is generally the best time to arrange pickup and conduct planting.

Orders will be taken up to November 1 or when the allocated funds have been exhausted.

Order forms, including a full list of available species, are available online at campaspe.vic.gov.au or at customer service centres, or can be mailed on request.