Goldfields Revegetation - About Us
Taking a Green Approach
and wholesale indigenous plant nursery, Goldfields Revegetation
has a strong commitment to environmental awareness and education.
The nursery has also won an award for the operations principles of
Best Practice Environment Management.
Catering to a demand for indigenous plants in
Central and Northern Victoria
as well as Metropolitan Melbourne, proprietor Ashley Elliott is
passionate about the local flora and its ability to survive and indeed
"The plants that will grow well have evolved here over thousands
of years." "They have adapted to the amount of rainfall (500 millimetres),
adapted to the frost and adapted to the soils, therefore you don't
to change anything, you don't need watering systems."
nine-hectare nursery site, which was designed by consultants Greg Burgess and
Taylor and Cullity, has provision for car parking with adjacent display beds
of indigenous plants for specific regions.
There is an environmental shop with displays of nesting
boxes, weed identification posters and bird feeders next to the
area, with most stock available
in tubes and/or 150mm pots. There is also some advanced stock.
Propagation and growing-on areas are well separated from retail
operations by large areas of wildflowers grown for the cut-flower industry.
These plants are set out on contoured ridges covered in weed mat
mulch and watered by sub-surface Israeli dripper tube.
The nursery initially grew
indigenous and other Australian wildflowers and this is still a
major part of the
Another aspect Goldfields Revegetation is keen to encourage is the use of indigenous
trees for farm-forestry projects and the nursery has an extensive
of different local timbers in the environmental shop.
During summer the water supply for the nursery comes from the pipeline
that carries water from Lake Eppalock north to farmers who
this can be cut off at short notice; so two large dams on the property
provide for irrigation needs at all other times.
"We had to think quite cleverly about how we manage this system," "We have to recycle water because it's just
such a valuable resource."
Water overflows from one dam down a
waterfall, alongside a path, underneath the environmental
shop and then through a wetland/biological
of indigenous water plants to end up in a small pond and is returned
to the main dam via a submersible pump.
All run-off from the nursery ends up either in the dam or the
pond - nothing is wasted. Salt and nutrient levels in the water
Goldfields Revegetation also offers site inspections, environmental
management plans, direct seeding, contract growing and planting and
revegetation proposals for environmental effect statements.
Current revegetation projects are for Bendigo Mining and the nursery
has also supplied catchment management authorities, Landcare groups,
local councils and large corporations such as Telstra and VicRoads.
Summer months are spent collecting seed with licensed collectors
and advising clients what to plant. "
In summer we help people plan what they are
going to do." "We would prefer people to come
back later on so we plan with them what they are going to get and
often we take their order and then after we've got sub-soil moisture
which is June/July we plant."
"The plants have hardened off and frost
is not an issue; into the ground they go and they take off in spring."
The provenance of the plants that they sell is crucial to Goldfields
Revegetation. "The provenance of everything is really important." "The genetic resources of particular plant populations - I think
it is so important to keep them. I mean we are left with only 15%
box/iron bark forests - that's it! And it's a unique forest - no where else in Australia have you got
Nursery staff are keen to pass on the environmental lessons they've learnt
to the next generation and regularly conducts tours.
'We have Landcare
groups, school groups and university students studying environmental
visit the nursery
and then we go on site visits locally and look at revegetation."
"it varies with what they want to look at because we're
so many things."
The management of the nursery has resulted
in Goldfields Revegetation winning a Victorian Tidy Towns Commercial/Industrial
Site Award in the Keep Australia Beautiful Rural Pride Awards.
The nursery won the award 'for being an operation that demonstrates
the principles of Best Practice to the Environment
Management'. "Our commitment to
environmental awareness and education, our ability to embrace strategies
to reduce waste, conserve energy, encourage recycling, and avoid
air and water emissions as well as maintain a pleasant working environment
has been recognised by this award."