Traditional shelterbelts, commonly known as “windbreaks”, were usually established as a mono-culture with exotic or non-local tree species such as Cypress Pines. These windbreaks, whilst offering the farmer some means to protect stock and crops from winds, did nothing to benefit local wildlife. Natural shelterbelts which use a rich mix of native species offer productivity gains to the farmer, and create valuable habitat for local wildlife.
Click here to view the landcare field guide Create Practical Shelterbelts using Native plantings.
This guide is just one in a series of practical guides for implementing on-ground landcare. These guides were originally published in the printed form, as an A4 trifold, and are now available on the Landcare Share Centre for downloading, and printing if required.
Why Neerim and District Landcare Group developed this resource:
This resource was developed to increase land manager awarness of the sort of projects they might look to undertake on their own properties to improve land management and biodiversity outcomes. It has been included in landowner welcome packs and is made available as a handout at local events.
Source material is available so groups can edit and print their own modified version:
The list of resources developed in the series include:
The Landcare Share Centre is grassroots Landcare supporting grassroots Landcare
The Share Centre is a service provided by Landcare Victoria Incorporated (LVI)