Master TreeGrowers

Master Tree Growers

Master Tree Growers Course Completed

Tamar NRM Master TreeGrower Dept AF&F Australian Agroforestry Foundation

In a joint initiative between Tamar NRM and Australian Agroforestry Foundation, a successful Master Tree Growers course has been held in the Tamar Valley. The course participants, predominantly made up of local landholders, heard from national and local experts about planting and managing trees on private property for conservation and profit.

Conversation about Biodiversity
Conversation about the values of biodiversity

The president of Tamar NRM Roger Tyshing said “We were keen to demonstrate that there is a middle ground in timber production which can be profitable and take into account the needs of the land owner, as well as environmental and landscape values. Judging from the feedback received, we think we achieved just that”.

Seeds and seedlings
Seeds and seedlings

The course started on Friday 14th August and culminated at a presentation night on Friday 25th September, at Design Tasmania and a dinner afterwards. Present at the presentations were Senator Richard Colebeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education and Minister assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, local Member for Bass Sarah Courtney, MP and Mayor and Mayoress of Launceston City Council, Albert and Lyndle van Zetten.

Local landholder Ian Dickenson collects his certificate from Senator Colbeck
Local landholder Ian Dickenson collects his certificate from Senator Colebeck

Coordinator Rowan Reid was supported throughout the course by Andy Stewart an agroforestry farmer from the Otways in Victoria, master propagator and nurseryman Mike Robinson-Koss, bush foods marketer and promoter Amanda Garner, Biodiversity consultant Anna Povey, with ten Tamar region farm sites visited. Local businesses supporting the event included Habitat Nursery, Tamar Ridge Wines and Design Tasmania Centre.

Rosemary Grant attended one of the Master TreeGrower days and interviewed a couple of participants as well as Becky McCann, Australian Agroforestry Network, and Gill Basnett, Tamar NRM Program Coordinator. The Radio interview aired Monday 28th September 2015. Click here to read the story and hear the interview.

New biodiverse plantings on a corner pivot
New biodiverse plantings on the corner pivots