Discussion paper by John Baker, Hovells Creek Landcare Group
Hovells Creek Landcare Group (HCLG) has been implementing a NSW Environmental Trust-funded paddock tree project in recent years, which has seen the Group plant more than 2,000 paddock trees. The Group’s Deputy Chair, John Baker, has been managing the project and in addition to producing five videos on paddock tree planting he has also been investigating various aspects of paddock tree planting.
A key issue which John has identified is that of kinking and J-rooting in eucalyptus tube stock trees. HCLG believe that this is a significantly underestimated problem, which will benefit from serious consideration by all of those involved in paddock tree planting. To this end, John has prepared a discussion paper – Risks arising from J-Rooting of Eucalyptus trees. In his report, John demonstrates that nearly half of a sample of trees from six nurseries failed to meet the relevant Australian Standard.
John and HCLG welcome comments and feedback on the paper; you can email John here.
Further information regarding HCLG’s experience with paddock trees plantings is available on the Hovells Creek Landcare Group website.