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.
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.
- 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.
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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:
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
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
Where's Bambra Agroforestry Farm
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Rowan's short videos: Opinion, science and practice based on real experience
What is Agroforestry?
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.