Progress report - 10 January 2021

It is with community pride and satisfaction that over 550 LTFRG members are able to share with you the significant progress and successful achievements of our volunteer tuart tree planting and Ludlow Settlement restoration work achieved over the past 3 years. 

This ancient tuart forest now listed as critically endangered is the only remnant forest of its type in the world and exists in the South West of WA. This forest once covered 110,000 ha. Sadly it is now reduced to a threatened 3,300 ha. The heritage Ludlow Forest Settlement is located within this forest.  For many years these public assets have been neglected and are under increasingly serious environmental and heritage degradation.

Volunteers have set a world record for the restoration of a part of this forest by planting with the enthusiastic help of over 400 school children and volunteers 55,000 tuart seedlings into many hectares of degraded tuart country. This project is the start of a local ecological forest conservation and climate change recovery effort, an investment of implicit human interest. To continue this annual dedicated volunteer tuart tree “planting for the planet” programme, secure funding to purchase plants, materials and services is essential. (Can you help?).

Volunteers have taken the initiative to save the significant heritage registered Ludlow forest settlement from demolition. This restoration project has implacable public interest. It is positioned to display significant Aboriginal and first settlement history and with funding support will become a must visit, prime, biodiversity based, eco-tourism site offering forest focused tourism, education, recreation, heritage protection, biodiversity conservation and research, employment and overnight camping opportunity.

To allow and develop managed public tourism access into Ludlow for upwards of 250 visitors per day starting July 2021. LTFRG requires funding assistance to provide materials and trades to repair, make safe, secure and repurpose working heritage buildings and provide modern amenities. Any active interest and positive financial support will be welcomed. 

Conservation, protection, preservation and presentation of these precious public interest assets are possible with your help. Join us – become involved – Make a difference.

Des Donnelly
President
Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group


Degraded tuart forest area desperate for restoration
Degraded tuart forest area desperate for restoration

Student restoration planting (2019)
Student restoration planting (2019)

One year old tuart plants (July 2020)
One year old tuart plants (July 2020)

Derelict Ludlow building before and after restoration

 

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