Tree Planting Day at Tranquility | November 2021

 In Events, News, Partnerships, Restoration, Tree Planting, Volunteers

Lucy Friend and Lisa Bartlett having fun and healing nature

Cairns Airport’s Lucy Friend and Rainforest Rescue’s Lisa Bartlett having fun and healing nature

The first of many tree plantings at Tranquility on the Daintree! Rainforest Rescue has kicked off an exciting project that aims to transform 250 hectares of cattle grazing pasture in the upper Daintree, back into its natural rainforest state. The short-term goal is to cover a 3-hectare area with 15, 500 plants. Progress toward this project started in September 2021 and will continue until 2023.

This project is in partnership with our dear friends at Queensland Trust for Nature and the Tranquility owners.

On Saturday 27th November 2021, thanks to our Bronze level partner The Enviro Co., 800 native rainforest trees were planted by a wide range of individuals. They included Daintree locals, local Traditional Owners, sponsors, business partners, Tranquility property owners (Roger and Maggie), property managers (Tony and Aleisha), and numerous people from Cairns and surrounding regions, and of course, our Rainforest Rescue Team. The young, the old, babies, families, couples, friends, and single individuals got their hands dirty, bodies sweaty, and hearts elevated to join us in growing the rainforest. Regardless of the high humidity and scorching hot temperature, everyone’s efforts resulted in a speedy finish.

The day began with a special ‘Welcome to Country’ spoken by Tahlia Burchill who acknowledged and paid her respects to the rightful Traditional Owners of the Kuku Yalanji area including all Elders, past, present, and those emerging. Tahlia and her grandmother, mother, aunties, and son all attended the Tree Planting Day, representing 5 generations of local Traditional Owners. Some who have walked the area as children, before the land clearing occurred throughout the Daintree valley. The Rainforest Rescue team feels honoured to have had their support on this day and throughout the project. The Burchill family were very open to sharing language, history, and knowledge of the property.

Afterward, everyone was rewarded with many “thank yous,” cold drinks, fresh fruit, wraps, and cake. It was nice to watch strangers become friends after a hard morning’s work restoring the Daintree Rainforest.

Our revegetation projects wouldn’t be successful without the hard work involved in planning and preparing for our plantings, including brush cutting, drilling holes, collecting seeds, propagation, potting up, and transporting the stock to the planting site.

Rainforest Rescue & The Enviro Co. - Tree Planting at Tranquility (Nov2021)

 I love that I get to watch all the babies I’ve handpicked and raised in the nursery get planted into the ground. – Rainforest Rescue Nursery Manager, Marine Deliens

The revegetation of this property will benefit countless flora and fauna species in the area by providing an extensive source of food and habitat, and by increasing wildlife corridors, and encouraging greater genetic diversity. It will also have a positive impact aesthetically and spiritually on many people including local community members and visitors.

Cassowary FAQ's (© Sandy Reichl)

I can’t wait to see the transformation of this place in a few years. We’re already seeing wildlife movement, including the Southern Cassowary poop amongst our recent plantings.

– Horticulturalist and Land Management Associate, Lisa Bartlett

Rainforest Rescue & The Enviro Co. - Tree Planting at Tranquility (Nov2021)

This event was one of the first community healing events for the Daintree Valley. Not just healing of past agriculture and land clearing, not just healing for our riverways and reef, but most importantly healing of country for Traditional Owners, and for all environmentally conscious people alike. – Rainforest Rescue’s Land Manager, Justin McMahon

Lucy Friend from partner Cairns Airport and long time volunteer and rainforest restorer Rob Corner

Lucy Friend from partner Cairns Airport and long time volunteer and rainforest restorer Rob Corner

Environmental issues are so broad and complex, many of us spend our time wrapped up in the theory. Rainforest rescues tree planting events offer an opportunity for the whole community to get outdoors together and take direct action on environmental conservation.  – Cairns Airport Environment Manager, Lucy Friend

Allen Sheather and Barbara Maslen at Tranquility

Allen Sheather and Barbara Maslen growing the Daintree at Tranquility

Sending out a massive thank you to everyone who came along and got their hands dirty and show their support. Many thanks to our partners at QTFN and visionary property owners, Roger and Maggie. And a huge thank you to Kristy & the team at The Enviro Co. for sponsoring this planting event.

Rainforest Rescue & The Enviro Co. - Tree Planting at Tranquility (Nov2021)

Rainforest Rescue &  The Enviro Co. Tree Planting Crew at Tranquility

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