About Us

Trust for Nature is a not-for-profit organisation that works to protect native plants and wildlife in cooperation with private landowners.

Red kangaroo at Neds Corner Station.  Photo: M. Norman, Museum Victoria

Our native plants and wildlife provide us with not only important services, such as clean water and resources, but they are important in and of themselves.

However, as two-thirds of Victoria is privately owned, many of these species and their habitats are not currently getting the necessary protection.

The Trust was established under the Victorian Conservation Trust Act 1972 to enable people to contribute permanently to nature conservation by donating land or money.

We have since evolved into one of Victoria’s primary land conservation organisations, with several tools to help people protect biodiversity on private land.

In 1978, Trust for Nature developed conservation covenants as a way to protect native plants and wildlife on private land, and we have now protected more than 50,000 hectares through over 1,200 perpetual conservation covenants.

The Trust has also purchased and preserved more than 55 properties across Victoria through its Revolving Fund, as well as currently owning and managing 44 properties that cover over 36,000 hectares of Victoria.

Our Vision

"Within two decades, protecting native plants and wildlife on private land will be recognised and valued as a central part of mainstream Australian environmental practice".

"There will be a shared expectation and responsibility among communities, landowners and governments that significant natural areas on privately owned land should be conserved, just as national and state parks are protected".

Download our Trust for Nature Brochure (PDF) 

Download the Victorian Conservation Trust Act 1972

Read more about Our Work