The Rivers of Carbon Community Conversations series in Goulburn over the past two years have never disappointed and last weekend's Kentgrove session was no exception. The topic, about restoring threatened native plant species in the region, opened a discussion on ways restoration efforts can be extended to provide additional benefits for conservation and business opportunities for landowners.
David Taylor from the Australian Botanical Gardens spoke about how to identify and protect threatened and significant plant species and the opportunities for landholders to work with the ABG to help to build up their numbers and seed supply by integrating these plants into restoration works.
Adam Shipp from Yurbay Consulting talked about traditional Aboriginal uses for some local native plants. Providing tastings of bushfoods and demonstrations of native plant-based medicines, Adam explained native bushfoods are highly nutritious superfoods with unique flavours. He suggested landowners consider the growing demand for bushfoods and medicines, estimated to be worth $20 million, as a business opportunity and incorporate bushfoods - for example, silver wattles or bush mint - into restoration works to supply Indigenous businesses with produce for this growing market.
Greening Australia's Ben and Lucy provided advice on best practice seed collection and propagation methods with a hands-on demonstration and how to include considerations on climate change into species and provenance selection.
- See riversofcarbon.org.au
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