Landcare has been protecting and planting shelterbelts for a long time. With the completion of a three-year revegetation project funded, we wanted to ensure that our methods were evolving and adapting to best practice. Some of the questions we sought answers to at the workshop included:
- Is direct seeding more economical for plantings?
- Has the planting season moved with global warming?
- How do you plant shelterbelts for use as emergency food sources?
- What time of the year should preparations and planting be undertaken?
- What features of a shelterbelt increase lambing survival, and how do we incorporate that into our designs?
- What are the mental well-being benefits of having a property with increased revegetation on it?
The workshop was an excellent opportunity to dispel old outdated myths around planting shelterbelts and update the members of the community on new and upcoming research and technologies in the field.