Volunteers Creating a Forest Education, Research and Tourist Centre at Busselton's Ludlow Forest

Published on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 1:28:20 PM

In 1918, the WA Government passed the Forests ACT and established the No1 and No.2 State forests at Ludlow. The first forestry school was established at Ludlow in 1921 by the then Conservator of Forests, Charles Lane-Poole.

Now 100 years on, the Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group (LTFRG) is creating a forest education, research and tourist centre at the 50 hectare Ludlow forestry settlement. 

The Heritage Council listed mill and settlement buildings will undergo significant conservation restoration. The masterplan includes a tuart forest education centre, a cafe, a nature playground and nature trails, an Indigenous tree arboretum and native plant nursery. The surrounding remnant forest will be rehabilitated with understory vegetation previously found on the site, restoring the biodiversity and providing fauna habitat.

The former school building will be repurposed as a community hall and the main workshop, a function centre for major events. The settlement cottages and gardens will be restored back to their authentic period of construction, providing short term accommodation (together with new single quarters) and an overnight campground.

More information on the group and the Masterplan for the historic site can be found at  www.ludlowtuartforest.org.au

The LTFRG welcome feedback on the plans and any information residents have on the site, including photographs and artefacts. Email: admin@ludlowtuartforest.org.au

Follow the group on Facebook to keep up to date on upcoming events and activities or how you can get involved as a volunteer.

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