Field Day: Trial Methods to Promote Germination of Farm Paddock Trees

11 June 2017

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Date(s) - 11 June 2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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This field day will look at two trial methods used to promote germination of soil-stored tree seed on a property on French Island. These trial methods include scraping and dense planting of black wattles.

Farm paddock trees are an iconic image across our rural landscape, the remainders of a once remnant woodland or forest. Many farmers appreciate the value of these trees for productivity by providing shade and shelter for livestock and improving soil properties.

Paddock trees also play a very important role for conserving biodiversity and providing habitat for wildlife such as hollows for many birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs, insects and spiders. They also provide a stepping stone for movement of wildlife across a landscape especially between areas of remnant vegetation.

However, many paddock trees are reaching senescence and there is very little recruitment of new trees. As they overlap with productive areas in our landscape they are particularly vulnerable to grazing pressures. Dieback from nutrient build up, soil compaction, insect attack and ringbarking by livestock are leading to their premature mortality. If something isn’t done now to reverse this loss research shows that most paddock trees will be lost in the next 50 years.

The trial methods to promote germination of farm paddock trees on a property on French Island project will experiment with two different trial methods used to promote germination of soil-stored tree seed, these methods include scraping and dense planting of black wattles.

Hear from Gidja Walker, an ecological consultant and natural systems teacher based on Victoria’s Southern Mornington Peninsula. Gidja specialises in natural systems management, restoration ecology and the uses of indigenous plants.

Lunch will be provided.

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Please note that the ferry to French Island leaves Stony Point at 10am and returns at 1pm. The ferry costs $26 for a return trip.

For more information contact Sarah Halligan on 492 990 or
Chris Chandler on 0407 705 450.