Documentary by Sharon Shostak
Twenty years ago the Jephcotts’ property at Brooklet was a degraded dairy farm, with just one little patch of remnant rainforest: a gully by the creek where the old farmer dumped his rubbish.
After digging a massive hole for the rubbish, the Jephcotts – aided by Big Scrub Landcare’s Tony Parkes and rainforest regenerator Mark Dunphy – set about rehabilitating the remnant and recreating patches of rainforest in other sections of the property.
On Sunday (September 15), the property was on show as part of the 15th annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the endeavour is that, with the steepest slopes regenerated, the reduction in erosion and retention of water has made the rest of the land more productive.