Farm Management

Opportunity to learn more about native plants

Attendees getting hands-on experience during a 'paddock walk' at a previous workshop

The Landcare community, landholders and interested community groups have a great opportunity to increase their knowledge of native plants by attending one of two plant identification workshops that Western Local Land Services will run in June 2017.

The workshops, which will be held at “Wynwood Station” via Mt Hope and the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens at Buronga on 14 and 15 June 2017 respectively, will provide an opportunity for attendees to be informed by industry experts while landholders will also be able to exchange information and ideas on balancing production and sustainability on their farms.

The first workshop will be presented by Australian Network for Plant Conservation Project Manager, Martin Driver, while the second will be presented by Ogyris Principal Director, Dr Ian Sluiter.

Both will include paddock walks so attendees can get first-hand plant identification experience in the field, and both will cover:

  • the benefits of retaining native plants on your property
  • how to identify native plants
  • how to manage native plants to benefit productivity.

Senior Land Services Officer, Kaye Gottschutzke is ecstatic Mr Driver and Dr Sluiter are confirmed for the workshops, as they are so highly regarded in this area and will both deliver informative presentations.

“These workshops represent a fantastic opportunity with both presenters having a great deal of knowledge when it comes to native plants,” Ms Gottschutzke said.

“They’ll be able to offer great insights in regards to identifying plants, what value they represent for your property and how you can implement management strategies around increasing desirable species.

“The workshops are also a great way of getting local landholders together to discuss what conditions are like on their properties with regards to vegetation.”

Both workshops are free to attend, however you must register by Friday, 9 June 2017.

Source: Western Local Land Services

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