Native Daintree Nursery Upgrade and Maintenance Project 

Daintree restoration opportunities are sharply increasing. At 11 years old, our Nursery needs desperate maintenance upgrade and repair. To significantly boost output and ensure the Nursery continues to be productive, we need to implement improved systems. Within 5-10 years, Rainforest Rescue hopes to produce 100,000 trees annually collaborating with Port Douglas Council, Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN), Jabalbina Aboriginal Corporation and local conservation groups. The Nursery boasts over 200 different Daintree species. With nearly 400 endemic species found in the Daintree, improved Nursery efficiencies would see even more species propagated to reflect the natural rainforest more accurately in future planting. The Nursery will become a focal point of collaboration for Traditional Owners, Jabalbina Aboriginal Corporation, for skill sharing, mutual learning and collaboration. Jabalbina, our official Partner, are taking ownership of the National Park where the Nursery is located and are very supportive of our operations. We are all very excited to be working more closely together. Possible outcomes will see traditional food and medicinal plants propagated, increasing incidence as well as education for the community and potentially as an add-on for tourism. The Nursery is managed by Rainforest Rescue’s Manager, Marine Deliens, who is responsible for seed collection and identification, species selection, propagation and growing of trees as well as managing volunteers from local communities and worldwide. To put the integral needs of the Nursery into context, some further information on our largest restoration and rescue projects to date follows – and the Nursery itself and its urgent needs.


The Tucker Foundation will be accepting grant applications from eligible organisations from Monday 21st June to Friday 20th August 2021. The application form will be available on this website during this time.


Applicants will be notified of their outcome in late 2021