Last Saturday, Myocum business Byron Bamboo held a benefit for Byron Youth Service to show off the diverse benefits of the fast-growing plant.
It was the first time owner Kaye Wood’s property, which boasts hundreds of varieties of bamboos, gingers and heliconias, has held an open day.
From the decorative, to the edible, to serious construction, workshops showed the benefits of growing and working with bamboo in our area.
One popular workshop showed how bamboo offcuts can be used to create biochar for soil fertilisation.
Another bamboo pioneer demonstrated how steaming can be used as a non-toxic way of treating bamboo, which is essential if it’s being used for building.
Bamboo’s unique properties as a construction material were shown off in the shape of this remarkable boat, built by Lance Seaton.