​Broadspectrum re-homes native trees to Rottnest Island

​At HMAS Stirling, Garden Island earlier this year, the Broadspectrum Land Management team wanted to find a home for several mature Rottnest Island Pines that were propagated at the Garden Island Nursery, as the small Broadspectrum-operated nursery and Garden Island had an overabundance of advanced native trees.

The team focused on finding a solution where the trees could be enjoyed by the wider community.

Land Management Supervisor, Yasmin O’Driscoll, and Regional Environmental Manager, Ash Taylor, worked with the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA), who connected Broadspectrum with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) to re-home the trees.

​The DBCA was extremely happy to take 40 mature pines for revegetation on Rottnest Island. After receiving approval to donate the trees from the Department of Defence, Yasmin and her team carefully weeded and inspected the pines before transporting them to the DBCA. The trees will be quarantined for a short period before planting to ensure no weed species are introduced to Rottnest Island.

Garden Island is listed on the Commonwealth Heritage List and is home to rare flora communities and protected wildlife species. Broadspectrum’s Land Management team is responsible for grounds maintenance of the estate, weed control, wildlife response, fire break maintenance, and the collection and storage of native seed and vegetative material for propagation in the onsite nursery.

Photo L-R: Jen Ruyter (Nursery Technician), Yasmin O’Driscoll (Land Management Supervisor), Nick Wilson (Environmental Technician – Rottnest Island Authority) and Alex Hunter (Groundsperson) with the pines ready for transport.