The Upper Goulburn Landcare Network recently completed a very successful project to protect isolated individual trees and groups of paddock trees on farms.
As well as providing shade for stock paddock trees provide important habitat and hollows for wildlife. The fallen leaf litter and branches also provide habitat for lizards, frogs and mammals.
Unfortunately stock can affect the health of these trees and eventually kill them by camping underneath, compaction of the roots and by rubbing and ring-barking the trees.
Funding was provided by the Victorian Landcare Grants program for landholders in the Upper Goulburn to fence off and plant indigenous understorey plants around paddock trees.
Over sixty large paddock trees including Red Stringybark, Grey, Red and Yellow Box, Candlebark and some very large old Redgum trees, as well as dozens of small-medium trees have been protected as part of the project.