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Pencil cedar forest with red cedar, bolly gum and numerous other seedlings growing at ground level. This area was manually slashed, layered and mulched with lantana during 1997.

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Snakes, misty rain and work.

Unusual for this time of the year, 3 snakes are moving around the gardens. One quite thin. Keeping the hens in their pen, the two young ones are a nice size snack. The next photo shows the scar along the snake, perhaps a whipper snipper injury ?

Work on the 3 hectare ex banana growing site is progressing well. Yesterday rain dampened our slashing but still managed to get a swathe slashed and mulched.


A pilot study of American mothers’ milk has found levels of the herbicide glyphosate around 1,000 times higher than allowed in European drinking water. Campaigners are demanding a ban on the use of glyphosate on food crops.

What we are now looking at with glyphosate-based herbicides is a similar situation to what we all faced in the 20th Century with PCBs, DDT and Agent Orange.
In the first ever testing on glyphosate herbicide in the breast milk of American women, Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse have found ‘high’ levels in three out of the ten samples tested.

The shocking results point to glyphosate levels building up in women’s bodies over a period of time, which has until now been refuted by both global regulatory authorities and the biotech industry.

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Contribute your time during Earth Week.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next working bee will be on Saturday the 26th of April, from 9 am till 1:30 pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate. If you come later, walk along the dog walking beach heading South for 50 m and you will spot us loping Bitou bush on the front dune. During the last dry spring and hot summer we sweep through the whole site with our hands, 4.75 hectares, pulling seedlings of Bitou Bush. This work also give us a chance to see what is happening with the site’s natural regeneration and we have great news, many seedlings of natives where spotted included more threatened species. So now we are ready for more primary work and new volunteers our welcome. We have 15 pairs of loppers, so if you have some spare time and want to learn how to restore the dunes using the chemical free strategy please come and join us.


We know pesticides can drift onto neighbouring farms and into homes, parks and schools. We also know children romp in all these places, and that their growing bodies are especially vulnerable to pesticide harms. Time to let your spraying/injecting neighbours know they are causing harm.

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Another country wants to protect its workers and ecology.

Perhaps we will be the last country to ban glyphosate, but we will get there.

Brazil’s federal public prosecutor has requested that the Justice Department immediately suspend use of glyphosate, which is the most widely used herbicide in the country and a primary element of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide brand.

Also, according to reports in Brazilian media, the prosecutor is seeking a challenge to ban other potentially harmful chemicals as well.

Chemical Free bush regenerators needed for a few hours a week during our winter working season. More local land-holders are looking for part-time workers.

Contact me at chemfreeregen@gmail.com

Because our media neglects to report anything other than economic “progress ” out of China, have a look at this article from Vice.

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Spring shower would be welcome.

in-memory-of-the-hard-labour--lives-of-the-early-wood-cutters.Chris, from Mt Macedon in Victoria, visited this morning for a 90 minute walk/climb to the present lantana line where we work. Beautiful morning with a cool breeze. Walked through different re-growth areas, teenage red, white and pencil cedar forests. Viewed fungi’s and ferns. Re-growth around the dead stumps of past woodcutter’s harvest. Still stately and solid, scars from the axe and saw are still visible on the stumps. Long view, saw die off on the eastern side of Night-Cap track. Visible if closely viewed in the ridge photo posted. I suspect brush growth thrived during the long period of rain, now we are into our 4th week with-out significant rain shallow rooted plants are dying.


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