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Hand in hand - riparian restoration, farming and tourism

Volunteers working at Simpsons CreekBrunswick Valley Landcare and The Farm Byron Bay are collaborating to plant over 2000 trees along the eastern headwaters of Simpsons Creek, Ewingsdale.

Peter Ryan, Brunswick Valley Landcare President said “It’s great to form a partnership with The Farm and to demonstrate how looking after biodiversity and water quality can be done alongside agriculture and tourism.”

The project is supported by North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the National Landcare Programme.

Simpsons Creek is a tributary of the Brunswick River and home to a wide variety of species.  A history of land clearing and unrestricted access of cattle to the creek has caused severe degradation in sections.

Planting native species, controlling weedsand fencing the project area to restrict cattle access will help reverse the degradation, encourage a diversity of wildlife, reduce erosion and improve water health.  Restoring the headwaters will limit further weed infestations downstream.

Tom Lane, owner of The Farm says “We are so fortunate to be partnering with Brunswick Valley Landcare and North Coast Local Land Services to provide a showcase of how land regeneration and farming can work in symbiosis. We hope this encourages others to follow.”

The area will be planted and maintained without the use of chemicals, consistent with The Farm's policies. Grass weeds will be controlled with black plastic, which will smother the grasses and heat the soil preventing germination of seeds.

Peter Ryan added, “I look forward to watching the plantings grow and both humans and wildlife being able to use and appreciate this area in the future.”

Media Contact:

Alison Ratcliffe, Brunswick Valley Landcare   6626 7028 alison.ratcliffe@byron.nsw.gov.au
Abbie Gibson, The Farm at Byron Bay 6684 7888 info@thefarmbyronbay.com.au