Trust for Nature
Our vision is that Victoria’s most threatened native plants and wildlife are conserved for future generations.
Our mission is to work collaboratively to protect nature on private land forever.
Our Patron is Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria
Trust for Nature is one of Australia’s oldest conservation organisations.
Our goal is to protect and restore places in Victoria where wildlife and native plants can thrive.
We do this for the benefit of future generations by working now with private landholders, volunteers, government agencies and others with similar vision.
Over the last 45 years, we have secured 100,000 hectares of habitat on private land forever – places that are home to some of our rarest species such as the Helmeted Honeyeater, Victoria’s critically endangered bird emblem.
We were established in 1972 through the Victorian Conservation Trust Act. This enabled people to contribute permanently to nature conservation by donating land or money to a not-for-profit organisation with a specific focus on private land.
In 1978, Trust for Nature developed ‘on title agreements’ known as conservation covenants as a way to protect native plants and wildlife. These legally binding agreements allow private landowners to conserve natural habitat on their properties in perpetuity. This is a unique power that Trust for Nature holds in Victoria.
Since then, we have negotiated more than 1,380 covenants and so protected more than 62,000 hectares.
In addition, government funding and public donations have enabled Trust for Nature to purchase more than 40 properties which we have converted to conservation reserves covering more than 35,000 hectares.
Among them are the iconic Neds Corner Station, once part of the Kidman cattle empire. This beautiful place in the Mallee is Victoria’s largest private conservation property.
Meanwhile, our innovative Revolving Fund has allowed us to purchase and protect more than 60 properties rich in native habitat. We sell these on to conservation-minded buyers, and recycle the money back into the Revolving Fund to purchase more properties.
Finally, there is the on-the-ground work of our regional teams. They are engaged in communities across Victoria, taking practical action to care for and nurture nature.
Together, we can and will make a difference to Victoria’s natural environment.