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Annual Tree Planting Odyssey for Kangaroo Island Tour Guides | the islander

About 20 staff from Kangaroo Island Odysseys and SeaLink came together on July 7 to plant 450 seedlings on the Gregors Road property. Photo Nikki Redman

Kangaroo Island Odysseys this month continued its long tradition of planting trees on SeaLink property at the southern end of Gregors Road.

Employees of the travel agency for 13 years gather every winter to plant seedlings on the company’s 332-hectare property in Seddon.

Peter Abbott, Managing Director of SeaLink for SA, came to Kangaoro Island to join the tree planting group and lend a hand.

Peter Abbott, Managing Director of SeaLink for SA, came to Kangaoro Island to join the tree planting group and lend a hand.

And this year was no exception, despite bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, with 20 employees coming together on July 7 to plant 450 seedlings.

Approximately 87% of the Gregors Road property is uncleared bushland, protected under a heritage agreement.

For 13 years, the KI Odysseys team has volunteered their time to revegetate the remaining cleared land of approximately 44 hectares that was previously used for agriculture.

A KI Odysseys visit always includes a tour of this property, where guests can see a true showcase of the island’s flora and fauna, all in their natural habitat.

The tour also includes a delicious gourmet picnic, which is served in one of the marquee tents located around the property, all in a magical bush setting.

KI Odysseys also wishes to offset all carbon emissions from its touring activities in order to maintain its status as a “green” tour operator and to contribute positively to the environmental issues facing the planet today.

Three hundred or more different native species endemic to the region are planted each year.

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KI Odysseys tour guide Vicki Maclean with some of the sheoak seedlings planted on the property. Photo Nikki Redman

In the past, seeds were collected from the surrounding bush on the property and then propagated to the working depot at Kingscote.

In recent years, plants have been purchased from the KI Native Plant Nursery under the guidance of local expert Veronica Bates.

This year, following consultation with Karleah Berris of the Department of Environment and Water, the company decided to plant only drooping sheoaks (Allocasuarina verticillata) in an effort to help replenish the source of food from glossy black cockatoo population after destruction by bush fires. much of their habitat.

This year’s tree planting event was particularly special for the team as most staff had not seen each other for several months due to COVID-19 isolation requirements, c so it was a fun time for everyone to catch up!

Kangaroo Island Odysseys is part of the SeaLink Travel Group and offers luxury small group 4×4 tours on Kangaroo Island.

The company is ECO certified with Ecotourism Australia (Advanced Ecotourism) with Green Travel Leader status as well as with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and is certified as a climate action company with Climate Action Australia.

A new tour has recently been introduced called Kangaroo Island Road to Recovery Tour where guests will visit some of the bushfire affected areas of the island and see the incredible regeneration that is taking place.