The red cedar tree (Toona australis) pictured here, was one of the few that remained standing when I purchased this land in the 70s. Now there are hundreds if not 1000s growing or sprouting through-out the property.
The red cedar getters, as they were called, lived in these valleys for weeks on end as they felled what was known then as red gold. The cutters were the ones who did the real dangerous work and who received the lowest return for their risk and hard physical labour. Their living conditions were basic and harsh, shelter being damp huts where they often endured long periods of rain. I can not find out what their diets consisted of.
Many men were killed on the job. Bullock teams were used along the steep ridges and gullies to pull the huge logs to the creeks edge. Red cedar logs were easier to transport to the coast due to them being able to float high in water. The creeks in flood times were a huge asset. As I tramped over this land with all of its discomfort, (leeches, ticks, razor sharp vines and giant stinging trees) I live here in comfort compared to those men.
In Germaine Greer’s WHITE BEECH, she writes that the red cedar is not actually a cedar but a mahogany, a member of one of the seven genera in the MELIACEAE family. Several decades of argument between botanists continues, where to place the Australian red cedar. Regardless of its movable classification, the tree was almost wiped out in our valleys, to build our early cities and to export from where the beautiful colour of its timber enhanced the grand homes in the UK and Ireland.
Hundreds of this tree’s seedlings I have transplanted throughout the property. Easy to transplant during the wet season the survival rates of the transplants are at least 50%.
Independent concerned residents, who regard aerial and ground spraying of herbicides unacceptable will be gathering on the beach on Saturday 16th November from 8:30
am -12:30 noon for a meditation bee and Bitou Yoga.
They will be meeting in the picnic area at the end of Grays Lane,
Tyagarah. If you come later, you will need to follow your intuition to
find them on the beach.
As they will be in the sun, meditating and …visualising the removal
of Bitou using ecological restoration principals and a pesticide free
The Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare Group is having a weeding bee on Saturday, the 7th of July, from 9 am to 1:00 pm, morning tea at 11 am. Meet at Brunswick Heads, (south of the surf club) at the fire track gate. We will be working on the front dune on the South East corner of the Crow Land site doing Bitou Bush primary work.
If you come later, walk 300 m along the dog walking beach heading South, towards the Light House, and you can’t miss us, chatting and looping on the front dune. Families are must welcome, because the kids can play on the beach while we do Bitou yoga.
Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt, a hat, gloves and bring water to drink and some morning tea (I will bake a cassava cake), love Nadia 0478272300
The German Environmental Protection organisation Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) has reached a startling conclusion: the herbicide glyphosate, used in a product known as Roundup and hitherto classified as harmless, is actually harmful to humans. It carries a number of health risks, including raising the incidence of cancer.
The study is based on research conducted on the use of glyphosate particularly in the USA and Latin America. In those countries, Roundup is used on fields of genetically-modified rapeseed, soyabean and corn. Glyphosate destroys all plants except GM crops that have been altered to be resistant to it.
“Glyphosate is toxic to many organisms and also contaminates water ecosystems“, concludes the report.