More than 1.9 million trees planted with Nestle in 2023

By the end of 2023, more than 1.9 million trees will have been planted across Australia, as part of Nestle’s reforestation project aimed at capturing carbon and restoring local ecosystems.

Delivered in partnership with Greening Australia, Canopy and One Tree Planted, the plantings are part of the Nestlé Global Reforestation Program, which in Australia, aims to establish 10 million trees.

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Over 30,000 trees were planted at this NSW site in September 2023 as part of the reforestation project. Image credit: Toby Peet.

Dr Pamela Parker, board member of the Australian Landscape Trust based at Strathfieldsaye Estate in the Gippsland Plains, said the project aims to deliver local impact by supporting crucial habitat restoration.

“We’ve had 350,000 native plants put in at Strathfieldsaye Estate, which will help efforts to restore habitat in the Central Gippsland area and improve ecological connectivity for locally threatened species, among them several orchid species, amphibians such as the Growling Grass Frog, and numerous species of birds. We also hope to see improvements in local soil quality, resulting in increased water retention and pasture production. Reduced runoff across the area will help enhance water quality of Lake Wellington.

“Reforestation projects such as these are important for our future. An enormous amount of tree clearing took place in Victoria over the years, removing wildlife habitat in the process. Coupled with the impacts of climate change bringing increased temperatures, frequency of extreme droughts and fire risk, we need to restore native vegetation to retain species diversity, ecosystem services and productive primary production,” Dr Parker said.

The Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis) is one native species set to benefit from local plantings in the Central Gippsland region.

NSW Southern Tablelands landholders, Colin Price and Emily Clarke, said the project will help them to increase local biodiversity and restore grassy woodland habitat.

“We have an incredible array of native wildlife on and around our property, such as wombats, echidnas, wallabies, reptiles, and over 30 native species of birds. The planting of thousands of native trees at our property through this project will help our efforts to restore and reconnect habitat for these native species,” Mr Price said.

“We want to use our property to inspire our local community to participate in this kind of activity. Working with Greening Australia and their partners means that you can achieve a lot more, and faster, than what you could alone,” added Mr Price.

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Emily Clarke and Colin Price by the river running through their Wheeo property. Courtesy of Colin Price.

The Nestlé Global Reforestation Program aims to grow 200 million trees globally by 2030 and is part of Nestlé’s efforts to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The 10 million trees in Australia aim to capture an estimated 1.9 million tonnes of CO2 over a 25-year carbon crediting period. Averaged over the project lifetime, this is the equivalent of exhaust emissions from more than 22,000 cars1 driving each year.

A biodiverse mix of native species, the trees are expected to help restore local biodiversity, improve water quality and revitalise degraded soils at each of the planting sites.

Nestlé Oceania Director of Sustainability Margaret Stuart said, “Nestlé has set the target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, reaching a 50 per cent reduction by 2030 – and a goal of 10 million trees in Australia, aiming to capture around 1.9 million tonnes of CO2. By the end of 2023 we’ll have planted more than 1.9 million trees.

“But this is about much more than just planting trees – this program aims to improve biodiversity, help restore habitats, and provide environmental and economic benefits to local communities,” Ms Stuart said.

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An aerial view of the Southern Tablelands in NSW shows planting holes ready to be filled. Image credit Toby Peet.

Greening Australia Chief Operating Officer, Paul Della Libera, explained that partnership and collaboration were key to driving impact and change across Australian landscapes.

“To address the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change we must work together, finding innovative ways to drive speed and scale. Working with partners such as Nestlé allows us to undertake ambitious projects that will help to deliver real change and tangible benefits to the Australian landscape.

“These projects are not possible without the participation of private landholders. In the 40 plus years we’ve been restoring landscapes, we’ve worked with thousands of landholders, helping them to re-establish native habitat, improve the health of their land and create environmental and financial value. These relationships are essential to achieving nature restoration at scale, we couldn’t do this work without them.”

Landholders interested in learning more about how we work around Australia can visit our landholder page and register your interest in a chat about planting on your property.

Learn more about our partnership with Nestle and One Tree Planted here.