Bushfire Recovery
Paddock Tree Project

This project is establishing the next generation of paddock trees in the area affected by the Cudlee Creek bushfire, providing critical habitat for many woodland bird species whose numbers are declining.

The Woodland Bird Resilience Program is an initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments in response to the Cudlee Creek bushfire. With funding from this program, we’ll undertake the Bushfire Recovery Paddock Tree Project over the next two years.

We’ve been delivering the Paddock Tree Project in partnership with the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board since 2016. We’ve planted over 17,000 scattered paddock trees in the eastern Mount Lofty Ranges. Part of our project area was burnt in the Cudlee Creek Bushfire, which affected over 400 previously planted saplings and many long-standing paddock trees.


Why the need for scattered paddock trees?

Paddock trees are critical to the health of Australian farming landscapes. Scattered trees in sheep grazing landscapes provide a range of environmental and production benefits. They provide shade and shelter for stock, improve soil condition and invertebrate diversity, and are an iconic feature of the South Australian farming landscape.

A critical objective of this project is to safeguard the long-term survival of a number of threatened woodland bird species including the Diamond Firetail, Red-rumped Parrot and Red-capped Robin. Woodland bird numbers have declined significantly in the past 10 years, and some have disappeared from parts of the Adelaide Hills. This coincides with paddock tree numbers declining due to poor health, old age and fire.

The Bushfire Recovery Paddock Tree Project will replace previously planted paddock trees that didn’t survive the fire. We’re working with people living on the land to establish the next generation of eucalypts, sheoaks, acacias and native pines. We carry out the planting and guarding of the trees at no cost to the grazier, and they commit to caring for the trees into the future. We will design a planting plan on each property after performing field surveys and mapping, in consultation with the landholder.


How to get involved

We are targeting sheep grazing properties in the Cudlee Creek fire scar. If you do not fit this description we’d still love you to register so we can gauge interest in future paddock tree projects.


Who should apply?
  • Your property is more than 30 hectares and located in the project area (the eastern part of the Cudlee Creek fire scar) – See map here
  • The planting area was burnt in the fire (we’ll only be working on fire-affected parts of the property)
  • The property has extensive, low-intensity sheep grazing
  • You’ll work with us to help make sure the trees survive and thrive
  • We’re able to determine that populations of the target bird species occur nearby, including: Diamond Firetail, Brown Treecreeper, Red-rumped Parrot, Hooded Robin and Red-capped Robin.


If you are thinking of registering your interest please read more here in our project flyer and complete and return a registration of interest form.


Contact The Paddock Tree Project team for more information on 08 8406 0500 or via email.