Rewilding project bringing wild orchids back from the brink

Rewilding project bringing wild orchids back from the brink

Posted: 12 April 2022

A mass planting of endangered native orchids this winter aims to bring a rare regional species back from the brink of extinction.

Decimated by decades of livestock grazing and competition by introduced plants, wild orchids have been in general decline, with some species almost entirely absent from the regional landscape.

Under a long term project of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Murray Local Land Services, regional wild orchid sites have been protected and restored in recent years ahead of rewilding plantings. 

After hand collection of seed and careful propagation by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Parklands are assisting Murray Local Land Services over two weeks in July to plant thousands of delicate orchid seedlings back into protected areas in the region.

All hands are welcome to help get these seedlings into the ground.

Parklands invite volunteers to join in two weeks of intensive planting in July. We are coordinating local volunteers and organising carpooling to the planting sites. 

Please register here to join the planting crew and receive further details of these planting days.