Fact-finding trip down under

Derek Robeson  with Landcare tree planting volunteers on a recent visit to the  Tweed River Catchment in New South Wales, Australia
Derek Robeson with Landcare tree planting volunteers on a recent visit to the Tweed River Catchment in New South Wales, Australia

Tweed Forum project officer Derek Robeson has returned from a trip to the River Tweed catchment area in New South Wales, Australia.

A Borders Union Agricultural Society grant allowed Derek to take the opportunity to see and discuss the native tree planting that has been going on there, and he said: “I was really interested to learn that over 50% of the Tweed catchment is still semi-tropical rainforest, with the remainder being largely devoted to sugar cane farming.

“Even with this large area of native woodland, local farmers, community groups and volunteers are planting more trees to help the environment.

“It reinforced in me the importance of small-scale tree-planting initiatives like the Borders tree-planting grant established last year.”

Information and advice are available from the Tweed Forum and Borders Forest Trust web sites or on 01896 849723.