Though camphor trees have become a back-up food supply for many native creatures, they are still a weed that needs to go.
Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare group is hosting a series of workshops on how to convert a camphor forest back into rainforest without the use of synthetic herbicides. The first session will be in May, with another five scheduled for the rest of the year.
During the sessions chemical-free bush regenerator Nadia de Souza Pietramale will share and apply strategies that are ecologically intelligent and economically viable.
The site for the workshops is a section of Salt Water Creek, located beside the Mullumbimby Community Gardens. All you need to participate are boots, a long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves, plenty of water, and some morning tea. Tools and a first aid kit will be provided on the day.
The work has been made possible by the Byron Shire Council Community Initiatives Program (Application for Community Donation) for the 2018/19 financial year.
The grant will also pay for additional planting along the creek and the purchase of extra tree poppers – a tool that very efficiently aids the mechanical pulling of woody weeds. Byron Shire Chemical Free is a project of Mullum Seed.
The events will run from 8.30 am until 1pm – meet at the Mullumbimby Community Garden carpark. Places will be limited, so booking is essential by emailing [email protected].