The Box-Ironbark forests once covered a large extent of land in Central and North East Victoria.
Since the mid 19th century, they have been depleted by land clearing and mining pursuits. A few remnants of the forest remain today and sections have been preserved in National Parks and Flora Reserves.
The forests are home to a staggering 350 endangered native plant and animal species.
A treasured feature of Melrose is the fragment of Box-Ironbark and the bird life that is subsequently attracted.
The Swift Parrot inhabits Box Iron Bark.