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The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit

A new book by Rowan Reid

Heartwood the book - available now

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

By Rowan Reid

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.

I describe the book as a mix of scientific research and practical experience based on 30 years of growing trees on our own farm and what I have learnt from hundreds of farmers and researchers around Australia and overseas.

Heartwood is also a very personal story, which I hope acknowledges the passion, optimism and commitment shown by all landholders who plant trees for a better future.

The chapters are loosely based around 15 of the tree species that we grow on our own farm for high quality timber. I use these as examples to talk about the wood quality, values, management and processing of more than 100 specialty timber species that I think Australian farmers could grow. Chapter titles includes tropical species like Australian Red Cedar, exotics like English Oak and Coast Redwood, native class 1 durable timbers (Red Ironbark) and our local indigenous trees such as Australian Blackwood. There are also chapters on the usual suspects like Spotted Gum, Sydney Blue Gum, River Sheoak, Black Walnut, Poplars and Mountain Ash.

Rowan Reid proves that growing trees for timber on farms can also control land degradation, enhance biodiversity, lock up carbon and improve animal welfare. It’s a win-win for our farming communities and our environment.

— Richard Di Natale 2017 (Leader of the Australian Greens | Senator for Victoria)


To purchase signed copies please go to the Australian Agroforestry Foundation: CLICK HERE TO GO TO SHOP

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A SPECIAL DEDICATION - please note on the comments section what you wuld like me to write in the book as a dedication

Note: you can save money on postage by purchasing multiple copies in one order.

I am also available to make presentations to groups. Contact Rowan

Sample pages: professional photos, colour throughout, fully referenced, technical sections and more.

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