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Online Pruning and Thinning Workshop

Friday, 23rd July, 3.00-4.30pm (Australian Eastern Time)
Winter is pruning time. Pruning can turn a tree that might only be suitable for firewood into a high value sawlog. Timely thinning can promote diameter growth by up to 6 times.
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Rowan Reid (Forest Scientist, University lecturer and owner of Bambra Agroforestry Farm) will present a 90min interactive online workshop on pruning and thinning farm trees for high quality timber.
Bookings: HERE
Topics include:
- why prune and the impact on wood quality and log value
- the biology of pruning and thinning
- when and how to prune for high quality timber
- thinning to promote diameter growth
- how much space each species needs and how to measure it
- tools and equipment including hand tools and electric pruners
- ongoing information and support
The focus of the workshop is on the management of individual trees on farms using simply tools. Examples will include a wide range of native and exotic species including eucalypts, wattles, Redwoods, oaks and more.
Participants will receive a set of notes via email prior to the workshop and have the opportunity to ask questions during and after the presentation. Those registered will also be eligible for some ongoing personal email and phone advice for the rest of the pruning season.
Bookings: HERE



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Welcome to Rowan Reid's web page

Rowan Reid (B.For.Sci. & M.For.Sci.) is a forester amongst farmers. His passion for trees began as a child in the coastal eucalypt forests of southern Victoria and has led to a life teaching and working with farmers around the world:


1. Owner of the Bambra Agroforestry Farm. More than 10,000 visitors have toured his Bambra Agroforestry Farm, which is set up as a 42-hectare outdoor classroom for farmers, scientists, students and tree lovers, and a living laboratory for his own learning.
2. Co-founder of one of Australia's most successful Landcare groups, the Otway Agroforestry Network.
3. Originator of the Australian Master TreeGrower course, which is currently delivered by the Australian Agroforestry Foundation (a not-for-profit organisation).
4. A Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne for 20 years, Rowan continues his academic teaching and research as a Senior Fellow of the university.
5. Author of "Heartwood" and many other books on agroforestry and farm trees.

 

Web Site Contents

Bambra Agroforestry Farm: tours and courses

Rowan new book: Heartwood - the art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit

Shop: buy tools, books, tree guards and other stuff. We only sell what we use ourselves.

Publications: lots of free book chapters, articles and papers written by Rowan Reid

Practical information: on growing and managing trees on farms

Tree Species: some examples of the species we grow for hgih quality timber

Ask Rowan: send an email question. Free service.

Consultant services: Rowan is available for farm consultancies, presentations, workshops etc.


Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit


By Rowan Reid

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The book that is changing the way people think about the future of forestry.

Produced in partnership with Melbourne Books, Heartwood is my most ambitious publishing project to date: A 300-page, hard-cover book featuring 300 colour photographs and more than 75,000 words. More detail .

 

Get a signed copy from the author: CLICK HERE




Bambra Agroforestry Farm


In 1987 Rowan Reid purchased a degraded farm in southern Victoria and began planting trees for conservation and profit. There are now more than 70 productive tree species producing timber, bush-food, fruit and other products. We are now harvesting, milling and drying out farm grown timber.
Rowan runs tours of the farm and delivers short courses in our classroom. More than 12000 people have visited the farm over the years. For more information about our events see our farm page

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What is Agroforestry?

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For me, agroforestry is the integration of trees and shrubs into farming landscapes for conservation and profit. It's all about farmers using trees to improve the environmental, social and economic values of their land. I've been working with Australian farmers for more than 30 years. From the wheatbelt of Western Australia to the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland I don't think I've ever seen a farm that would not benefit from more tree cover or better forest management.