New Native Nursery set to Restore and Regenerate Daintree Rainforest

A PROPOSED nursery in Cow Bay seeks to grow 150,000 native plants per year to help restore and regenerate the Daintree rainforest.

Douglas Shire Council has approved a development application from Rainforest Rescue to temporarily re-configure a lot and conduct intense horticulture.

The not-for-profit group, which will collect seeds from surrounding areas for the nursery, plans to employ up to 10 people on site.

The re-forestation will occur in areas of Upper Daintree and areas north of the Daintree River.

If we are going to help mitigate climate change and restore more rainforest, then we need to plant more trees. To plant more trees… we must produce more trees.

Together, with your help, we will increase tree production in the Daintree for restoration by over 1000%, breathing life into new restoration projects that will see the size of the Daintree increase and its resilience grow.


Project Partner, Queensland Trust for Nature, has been running ecological baseline tests to make sure that the nursery is not built where it would impinge on restorable, rare and endangered ecosystems. Nursery staff and volunteers – Justin, Marine, Allen and Barbara – have been working with the QTFN ecological science team to make sure the surveys are complete and accurate.

The large site, Lot 83, has been partially cleared for commercial and farming activity, includes a dwelling house, aircraft landing strip and associated buildings.

The development will not impact the operation of the aircraft landing strip.

You can read the full Council report on approval of the application  here.

“Our partnership with Rainforest Rescue will help implement the investment in the Daintree and deliver huge returns for biodiversity and the community. With the creation of a high-capacity rainforest nursery, Rainforest Rescue will be able to drive the revegetation strategy that will see the wold’s oldest rainforest expand and deliver significant benefits for the community, Queensland and the natural environment.”

Steve Lacey, CEO, Queensland Trust for Nature

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