Drone Reforestation


Who we work with

In the past, replanting deforested areas and restoring degraded land has been perceived as an arduous challenge – a feat that requires many people, many hours, significant monetary resources and a lot of hard work. The replanting of seedlings has always been done by hand or by machines, with many humans labouring at the helm.

But, with Lord of the Trees’ innovative proprietary precision planting drone technology, restoring the land can be faster, more efficient and more cost-effective.

We’re targeting an uptake rate of 75% and an 85% decrease in planting costs. Learn more about our technology here.

Our solution

Lord of the Trees aims to help those in the mining sector, local governments and the agricultural industry – the custodians of the land – who are seeking to restore biodiversity, improve productivity and achieve planting on a mass scale at a significantly reduced cost.

We have been working to modify fully autonomous pre-programmed drones that can work day and night to replant deforested areas around the world. Our rapid-response system will enable the scanning, interpretation and focussed distribution of seed pods to affected areas within 30 days. With a strong focus on precision planting, we facilitate companion planting and improve the symbiotic relationship of plants based on over 18 years of research.

Government Agencies

Leave an environmental legacy you can be proud of and improve your communities. Ensure stronger regrowth and a higher planting survival rate in deforested areas.

Strengthen Your Reforestation Efforts

Promoting reforestation or afforestation is not just important for rebuilding vital habitats and ecosystems and mitigating climate change, it is also imperative for improving the quality of life in the communities that you are responsible for.

Whether you are a custodian of a rainforest, a tropical deciduous forest, a Mediterranean forest, a temperate broad-leaved deciduous and mixed forest, a warm temperate broad-leaved deciduous forest, or a coniferous forest, the protection and preservation of these areas will serve as your environmental legacy.

This legacy and the actions your government agency takes to reduce carbon emissions and preserve the natural world are now more important – and more in focus – than ever before. It is crucial that you ensure your reforestation efforts are as effective and efficient as they can be.

After a fire sweeps through a forested area, or a lumber company clears a landscape of all its trees, the vegetation will eventually grow back on its own over a long period of time. However, these second-growth forests can look very different from the forests they replaced, and there must be careful consideration of how much one can or should intervene.

‘Chronosequencing’ is the term used to describe the series of successive changes and conditions from a degraded landscape back to a forest. Some pioneer plants will rapidly take hold and gradually change the landscape, from altering the soil composition to how much the ground is shaded, so that different plants may now thrive there. Thus, this creates a new set of conditions that will allow the forest to return.

No one can know whether the new forest of a few years old will ever look like the 200-year old forest that was lost, but thanks to our rapid-response precision planting technology, we can help you restore your land back to its previous state as optimally as possible.

Our techniques are based on a scientific approach of the symbiotic relationship between species and will help to promote a survival rate far more elevated than traditional seedling planting.

In terms of efficiency, our fleet of drones can work day and night to plant one million trees in 48 hours. This means that in the same time it would take one person to plant around 800 seedlings by hand in a day, our drones operated by one person could plant over a quarter of a million seeds (288,000 to be exact) – and at a fraction of the cost (85% less).

Agriculture Industry

Significantly reduce your planting costs, increase yield and restore your land’s biodiversity. Improve your business’ profit, people and environment with our innovative drone technology.

Reduce your planting costs, increase sustainability

Agriculture is a fundamental industry that the world has relied on for centuries. The food and raw materials provided by this vital industry has allowed civilisations to develop, cities to grow and people to thrive.

However, the environmental impact of agriculture ultimately depends on the practices of farmers and, in recent years, concern over the environmental damage caused by the use of pesticides in farming has grown rapidly.

There is a fundamental need for more sustainability in farming practices. In recent years, concern over the environmental damage caused by the use of pesticides has grown rapidly and the reliance on these chemicals must be reduced.

Building wildflower corridors through crop fields to attract more birds, pollinators and natural predators of pests can potentially reduce the need for pesticide spraying. Not only do wildflower corridors cut down on pest numbers in crops, they have even been found to increase yields.

In agriculture, a major cultural shift away from the use of pesticides is needed. Although building wildflower corridors often means a loss of space to grow crops, the benefits that stem from the reduction of pesticides and the restoration of your land’s biodiversity are paramount.

At the same time, you also need to ensure you have accurate mapping and a holistic approach to manage your crops successfully. While optimum seeding times and seed species will vary between brands and regions, the quality of any new pasture or crops will be a direct reflection of the time and resources you devoted to its establishment – particularly in preparing the soil and sowing.

The traditional manual approach to sowing is not only labour intensive and burdened with risk to humans from chemical exposure or machinery accidents, but it is also imprecise and lacks efficiency.

Large ground-based machinery can create crop damage, cause soil compaction and are restricted to relatively flat plain fields, while manned aircrafts are costly, endure chemical drifting and require a runway infrastructure to take-off and land.

Our innovative drone planting technology and precision spraying has the power to revolutionise your farming operations on a number of levels. At the same time, to assist you on your journey to become more sustainable, our drones can enable a faster establishment of wildflower corridors in your crop fields, significantly reducing planting time and costs.

With faster planting capabilities and the capacity to work day and night, our drones can also allow for faster and more flexible sowing, while also helping to reduce labour hours.

Based on years of practical experience in the agricultural field, our drones offer the ultimate balance between precision, efficiency, cost and safety.

Mining Industry

Embrace your responsibility to revegetate and restore your mining sites to healthy, fully functioning ecosystems. Overcome your reforestation challenges and accelerate your site restoration.

Accelerate the restoration of your mining sites

Much of the world’s mineral and energy resources are found in forested areas, which consequently experience severe disturbance and alteration due to surface mining.

After the extraction is completed, it is vital that your mining sites are properly restored and revegetated to ensure these areas return as healthy, thriving and fully-functioning ecosystems.

Lord of the Trees’ proprietary precision planting drone technology provides an innovative, fast and cost-effective solution to help you overcome the challenges of restoring mined landscapes, while addressing principles from the Forestry Reclamation Approach.*

Our drones can help map out and provide in-depth, real-time information about the land you need to restore. This first land analysis and research provides you with recommendations for reforestation of native grassland and forests, emphasizing:

  • Landform reconstruction modelled on natural systems and creation of topographic heterogeneity at a variety of scales
  • Use and placement of overburden, capping materials and organic amendments to facilitate soil development processes and create a suitable rooting medium for trees
  • Alignment of landform, topography, overburden, soil and tree species to create a diversity of target ecosystem types
  • Combining optimization of native species and drone planting techniques with early planting of a diversity of tree species
  • Encouraging natural regeneration as much as possible
  • Utilizing direct placement of forest floor material combined with seeding of native species to rapidly re-establish native forest understory vegetation
  • Selective on-going management to encourage development along the desired trajectory*
* Macdonald, S.E., Landhäusser, S.M., Skousen, J. et al. Forest restoration following surface mining disturbance: challenges and solutions. New Forests 46, 703–732 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11056-015-9506-4

The successful restoration of the natural ecosystem following mining disturbance will be facilitated by an established regulatory framework that understands and accepts variations in objectives and outcomes.