Report by Teele Hooper-Worrell, Landcare SJ Officer
Sun shines on windbreak field day
What a great time planting a windbreak at our 3rd Field Day in our Equine Landcare Field Day Series. This event is part of an Equine Landcare project funded through the State NRM Community Action Grants and Supported by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council through the National Landcare Programme.
Native species make great windbreaks-
Nancy Scade from Australian Native Nursery started the day off with a presentation on how to plan a windbreak on our property taking into consideration wind direction, sunlight levels and fire safety. There was information on the types of plant to choose, as well as the best panting techniques to ensure your new seedlings flourish. After the presentation attendees got stuck into planting a windbreak, on owner, Karen Millers horse property.
Attendees were treated with homemade soup, fresh rolls with some raw cakes from Serpentine’s new café, The Rusty Nut Cafe. Property owners were able to network with like minded people and share experiences and knowledge.
Fodder trees increase the nutritional diversity of a horse’s diet-
Belinda Taylor from Hoof Hearted Hoof Care then gave a talk on fodder trees and how to incorporate them into your property for shade, shelter, and as a food resource. Apparently the Albany Woolly Bush is a favorite for horses. Belinda has provided a copy of her PP presentation if anyone is interested in reading or downloading a copy, please click this link.
Thank you to all who attended and made the day so relaxed and fun. We look forward to our next field day on September 11th on Pasture Establishment. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.