L to R – Roy Wittkuhn, Herbert Bropho, Ben Rosser, Mayor Kevin Bailey. Image supplied.
  • Cedar Woods acquired the land in 2010
  • 185Ha of retained bushland to be handed to state government for protection in 2023
  • 152 different species have been planted and over 90kg of seeds sewn

Developer Cedar Woods celebrated planting its 500,000th tree as part of a revegetation project, at an official ceremony at the Bushmead estate over the weekend.

The project is spread over 185 hectares of retained bushland, which will be handed to the state government for protection in 2023.

For the past seven years, Cedar Woods has been working closely with environmental specialists to establish the degraded bushland and reinvigorate the natural landscape, officially beginning direct seeding and planting with the help of the community in 2018.

During this time 152 different species have been planted and over 90kg of seeds have been sewn.

Bushland mission

With a mission to maintain 69% of retained bushland, Cedar Woods has engaged Creating Communities to encourage community involvement, specifically through the creation of the environmental group, the Bushmead Cobbers, and regular local tree planting events.

Since beginning this initiative, Cedar Woods has seen an increase in plant populations, reduction of weed levels and an increase of native fauna within the revegetation sites.

Cedar Woods State Manager WA, Ben Rosser, said they were pleased to see so many years of hard work pay off, and proud of the Bushmead community for their contribution to environmental conservation.

“Since acquiring the site in 2010 Cedar Woods has worked tirelessly to ensure Bushmead has been developed in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner, starting with our significant revegetation program,” said Mr Rosser.

“Together, we have been able to rejuvenate the native bushland, while at the same time foster a tightknit community, which has been great to see.”

Ben Rosser, Cedar Woods WA State Manager

Creating Communities Founding Director, Allan Tranter said it was great to see the community coming together.

“The event over the weekend was a great example of how strong communities can be when they work towards a common goal. Planting 500,000 trees is no mean feat, by fostering community connection, Cedar Woods have been able to build a solid foundation for Bushmead estate,” said Mr Tranter.

Along with planting the commemorative tree, Cedar Woods relaunched their Nature Trail with a new Nature Play Detective Trail for kids, encouraging residents to spend more time outdoors among nature.

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