In 1992, as Bob Brown was building a fledgling organisation into the Australian Bush Heritage Fund, Dr Judy Henderson was buying land. Her motivation, like Bob Brown’s, was to save the magnificent trees on this property in Tasmania from being clear-felled.
At the time, Judy Henderson was one of the founding directors of Bush Heritage.
Judy Henderson’s block is not large (20.3 ha) but it's significant. It lies in the same cosy hidden valley as Liffey River Reserve and Drys Bluff Reserve, the blocks purchased by Bob Brown in 1990 to become the first Bush Heritage reserves. Like these reserves it backs onto the Central Plateau World Heritage Area beneath the great dolorite and sandstone escarpment.
Majestic trees cling to the walls of the steep-sided valley beneath the Great Western Tiers. A creek tumbles down over a series of spectacular waterfalls to feed the Liffey River with its platypus and native fish. This creek gully supports a mix of wet sclerophyll and rainforest species and an abundance of ferns. The area is also home to White Goshawks, threatened Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles and Tasmanian Devils to name just a few.
Judy Henderson has announced her intention to pass this land to Bush Heritage. It will help to build a significant protected area on the side of this beautiful glacial valley. She has the added incentive of receiving the tax deduction now available for gifts of this kind, the benefits of which can be spread over five years.
Bush Heritage will manage the property along with its neighbouring Liffey reserves. Your valuable donations will help cover its modest management costs. Judy is pleased to have the land protected for the long term. Bush Heritage is grateful for this generous gift that is a valuable addition to the land in its care.
Bush Heritage is one of the best initiatives that I have ever been associated with. Every time I think about it I get a warm feeling in my heart. In a world where your faith in humanity gets buffeted at regular intervals, Bush Heritage is such a good news story.
– Dr Judy Henderson, April 2003
Dr Judy Henderson AO is currently the chair of the Global Reporting Initiative which is setting global standards for the reporting of the social, environmental and economic performance of business and organisations. She has been the chair of Oxfam International and Australian Ethical Investments and received an AO in 1998 for services to developing countries and to the community through the promotion of environmental issues.