Our Trust For Nature Covenant

Before you watch the video below, here is our journey:

In August 2013 when we moved into our beautiful bushland property, I knew nothing about native flora and fauna. A new camera, the time to explore our bushland in detail and the curiosity to find out what I had photographed led to this blog. Over the years, I have come to understand how unusual it is to have so many species of wildflowers on a relatively small piece of land. I’m still finding new ones, and still have a list to add to the blog. Diagnosis of a serious illness in 2018 intensified my desire to protect the land beyond my own lifetime. My wonderful partner Richard also felt strongly. We decided to explore the possibility of protecting it with a nature covenant.

Coincidently (or is anything ever mere coincidence?) the Trust For Nature people were dropping leaflets in letterboxes in our area. We made the phone call, and made contact with Jo and Chris, who came out to view the property. Over the past 18 months we have been undertaking a process which leads us toward a legally binding nature covenant. We signed the documents in December 2020, and are now waiting on the final approval. Trust For Nature helped us to develop a land management plan, a more detailed species list, and identified threats which we need to keep an eye on. One of these is the Bluebell Creeper, a Western Australian plant which has become a weed in our area.

Over the next few months I will adapt my Fifteen Acres species list to include the new species we have identified, including those exotic plants which need to be removed. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this short video which features three new local Trust For Nature landholders, including myself and Richard. Here’s to the exciting years ahead of us as we get to know our land on a whole new level.

Trust For Nature video filmed in Dereel, Victoria.

9 thoughts on “Our Trust For Nature Covenant

  1. Lisa that is so fantastic. I really applaud what you are doing.

    Down here where I live I recently took part in a great project called Coastal Connections. I will send you my part of the project if you like.
    I also became involved in trying to protect our remnant bushland from sandmining which has been ramped up to a much bigger scale endangering this remnant bush. THE GOVT WANTS SAND for all their big projects in the city so unfortunately OUR BACKYARD is where they get it!

    Take care

    1. Hi Margaret,
      Thanks for the good wishes. Yes, I would love to see your part of the Coastal Communities project. It seems everywhere I look is being threatened by development. Either destroying things for resources or destroying things by dumping toxic waste products. And what is left is being threatened by logging or fire. This is the context for wanting to protect what I can. You take care too. Lisa 🙂

    1. Hello Fabio,
      Lovely to hear from you! Thank you for your ongoing support. I hope to be a bit more active on Fifteen Acres blog this year. My health is improving and I have lots of photos from 2020 to go back and identify. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Lisa 🙂

      1. Welcome back, Lisa! Hope you are in frank and accelerated recovery! It was good to see again your land and it was great to reconnect with you! Best to you and yours and thanks so much for what you do here and on 15 Acres!

      2. Thanks Fabio, it has been a long road to recovery following my surgery in 2018 but I can finally bend low enough to photograph flowers again. Perhaps not as closely as I used to do, but I am just so thankful to have had this beautiful land to assist me in healing.

      3. So well said, Lisa! Like the earth around you, you have resilience and adaptability to face any hurdle and go ahead. My best wishes to you! 🙂

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