OUR CORRIDORS NOW IN 2020

Virtually unrecognizable -everything has grown so much- we lost a lot of trees-but kept replacing them & sheer determination has won in the end. I guess we had more dry years -but also a very wet 2011- and now in 2019- 20 -rain and more rain. Our dam is over flowing- all the trees that survived are powering- and we are planting more at present. A few success stories from over the years- a few failures- but the trees we did succeed with- we will plant more of- and it is trial & error- what grows well up on our Sandy hill- does not enjoy the black soil- so it has been one huge experiment for me- discovering what grows well- and where!  The trees that stand out- are Brigalow- Kurrajong- Sugar Gum- Tipuana- -should have given up on the Jacarandas- but since all this rain- they have all sprung back !  so will soldier on ! we hired a Bobcat to remove Tree Pear from our Festival entrance! there are piles of it now to burn! so hoping to burn during April/May.  OUR PRIVATE ENTRANCE 

  • DUFF ROAD CORRIDOR

    This is on our Southern Boundary- but is now so big & pretty dense-so hard to capture from this angle! Some of these sadly have been chewed by the mares! but we found it tough to keep them out-during the long dry- we had a temporary fence- but its been removed- so much grass now -not an issue- but a far cry from our original planting-Planted 2008- 2010- March 2020

  • SOUTH/WEST CORNER-

    All of our Brigalow- only a couple of years old- powering- I intend to plant many more!

  • OUR FRONT GATE

    Our Land Care sign-nearly worn out! but very grateful to them for all their advice-and some free trees back when we kicked it all off. It takes a lot of commitment & hard work to start from scratch! which is what we did on this part of the property! it had been stripped bare- and farmed intensively for years! So proud to see it all back to a wonderful bushland & grassland.

  • WESTERN CORRIDOR

    Looking up the hill toward the main camp- a real mix of Gums/Casuarina/brigalow/a few flowering gum/all looking good now. March 2020 - planted in 2006- 2008

  • CENTRAL CORRIDOR

    Right through the centre of front paddock- all River Redgums- only lost one-two Peppercorns each end! March 2020- planted 2006-2008

  • DRIVEWAY -PRIVATE ENTRANCE

    Our driveway now finally looks established- Two OLive trees- several gums- (not labelled) maybe Stringy Barks- the rest are all Casuarinas/Peppercorns. Funnily enough the Peppercorns have really struggled?

CORRIDORS ARE SO CRITICAL!

Corridors are critical for our birds- so small birds can move safely- our Koala- they often comethough heading down to the Condamine- as well as Sugar Gliders-Possums-so many other small critters- Corridors were non existant on the Southern side of Bony Mountain- all trees gone-and the front paddock was flogged out- with continues cropping- but we poured the natural Fertiliser on/had some zero till planting of native grasses- and with good rainfall-recently-the paddock & the tree plantations have responded- nature is a wonderful thing! These photos show the results! We control weeds without chemicals- we mow/slash when the weeds are flowering- they have almost been choked out! but it is a constant battle to beat the weeds !  This shot is facing East -showing the second Corridor in the front paddock- Bony Mountain in the distance! The top part of this paddock regenerating!  I'll get a snap of all the young trees coming back! 

LOOKING UP ACROSS THE FRONT PADDOCK NOW! A PRETTY PICTURE! 

  • BUSHLAND RETURNS

    So many trees now -so that the sense of being in the bush! some of the trees are self seeding now- thickening up -creating a real wildlife refuge!

  • TIPUANA TREE AT THE BARN

    Actually doubled in size since this shot! These trees are so quick growing- so lush & green and totally edible to stock! I am a fan -also a legume- so good for the environment- the birds- it is a win ,win as far as I can tell- but there are always those who are quick to condemn non natives!

  • TIPUANA TREE -2018

    Picture worth a thousand words! Planted 2018- now 2020 -