Rainforest Rescue’s Kelvin Davies (left) with Greg Cromwell in rainforest at the Goonengerry property.
Rainforest Rescue’s Kelvin Davies (left) with Greg Cromwell in rainforest at the Goonengerry property.

Sale will help forests

Greg and Alison Cromwell are pretty serious about restoring and protecting rainforests in the Byron Shire and around Australia.


So serious that when they sell their hinterland Goonengerry house, they will donate some of the proceeds to the locally-based Rainforest Rescue group, which has been protecting rainforests since 1998.


The Cromwells became involved with Rainforest Rescue after they had a site management plan drawn up for their 10-acre Mill Road property in 2007.


The plan identified patches of remnant rainforest and detailed a strategy for linking them to create a corridor.
 

It also identified more than 50 species of rainforest trees on the property, including a threatened species, the veiny laceflower.


Rainforest Rescue chief executive officer Kelvin Davies said the group had planted more than 100,000 trees in the Northern Rivers, including at Goonengerry, as part of a plan to put trees back on farms.


Mr Davies said they started planting trees on the Cromwell’s property in 2008 to restore the rainforest and to develop a wildlife corridor across the western border along Mill Road.


He said Rainforest Rescue’s projects re-established rainforests through planting, maintenance and restoration programs, as well as buying and protecting high-conservation value rainforest.


The Cromwells hope that making a donation to Rainforest Rescue from the sale of their property will motivate potential buyers to continue their work in protecting rainforest in the Byron Shire and beyond.


Mr Davies will be at an open day at the property at 16 Mill Road on Sunday.


Mr Davies will be available to answer any questions on Rainforest Rescue.


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