How to Save the Rainforest and While Enjoying a Cuppa!

How to Save the Rainforest and While Enjoying a Cuppa!

by Spencer Shaw

In a world in which we are bombarded with images and stories of environmental destruction, it’s all too easy to feel powerless and shut off from how we can make the world a better place. We are however a fortunate generation, in that we can make a real difference to the preservation of our local rainforests and all of the animals that call them home.  Best of all you can enjoy the benefits of saving our local rainforests while reclining in the comfort of your favourite chair on your back verandah with a cuppa and a good book!

Your backyard is the frontline when it comes to saving our local rainforests. Our local rainforests are unique, but they are under threat due to the isolation caused by the clearing for farmland in the past. Our rainforest remnants such as Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve are precious remnants of the great rainforests that once covered large areas of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  

Now to save you some time… while saving the rainforest. Too many backyards on the hinterland have too much grass. All of that grass needs mowing, which takes time, uses precious resources and of course contributes to the increase carbon in the atmosphere. As a result of all this grass our local rainforests have become fragmented islands, isolated by oceans of grassland.  So here is a win-win situation for the environment and you, the time poor landholder. By revegetating or landscaping with local rainforest plants, we see an increase in the amount of habitat for our local flora and fauna and you reduce the time you spend as a slave to your mower.

Property boundaries are a good place to start planting, just make sure you don’t pick anything too big or plant too close to the boundary. A Strangler Fig planted a metre off the fence line and ripping up foundations and septic systems in the years to come, may not be conducive to neighbourhood harmony!

Our local rainforests are also home to an awesome range of beautiful and interesting plants that include groundcovers, vines, shrubs and small trees. There are local natives, for all situations, all gardens, even small town blocks!

So do yourself and the environment a favour, ask yourself do we realy need all that lawn (and if you decide no), then come and visit us at Forest Heart Local Native Plants and hunt down some of our great local rainforest plants and an amazing array of plants from a range of other ecosystems from the coast to mountain tops and from across South East Queensland.

Forest Heart Turns 5!

Forest Heart Turns 5!

As the old saying goes “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound?” This often causes one to pause and say either “of course it does” or the eyes of the listener to wander as this existentialist conundrum confounds and questions the very nature of reality!

My new version of this saying – in an age when we need to be planting trees in massive numbers, rather than waiting for them to fall (so as to achieve enlightenment), is  “If a tree seedling is planted in the field, grows to be part of a forest, sequesters carbon, becomes a source of life and biodiversity for the wider ecosystem, improves water filtration and quality in the landscape, and even looks pretty,  but then eventually dies and falls over, only to again sequesters carbon, becomes a source of life and biodiversity for the wider ecosystem, improve water filtration and quality in the landscape, does it actually matter if it makes a sound when it falls over?” My thoughts are no, not really… Planting, growing, making life is what really matters, that’s all really (I’m sure that quite possibly that there is something deep and meaningful in this, but I’m too much on the material plane to get that perhaps…)

So to focus on the practicalities of planting, let’s think of some good reasons we all need to be investing and planting and restoring vegetation. 1) As discussed last month you can plant your own fire wood (we are currently harvesting some 15-20m high flooded gums that we only planted 12 years ago! 2) In these turbulent and uncertain times there’s never been a better time to plant fruit trees to help grow your own food. 3) Although the weather is cool now, summer will eventually return with a vengeance and the more shade we can grow, will help ease the midsummer blues. 4) There’s also the very good reason of planting habitat for our local wildlife as their beauty and the ecological benefits they bring are considerable.

At Forest Heart we have the plants and knowledge to help you. We have a great range of local natives (for revegetation, timber, firewood, windbreaks), cultivar natives, fruit trees, mulches, fertilisers, pots, books etc…

This August, Forest Heart our retail nursery celebrates its 5th birthday! We are part of Brush Turkey Enterprises a family business operated by long term locals for 22 years and we’re as passionate as ever about small enterprises role in preserving our unique biodiversity and creating healthier lifestyles with great gardens, farms and natural areas. Thankyou Maleny for you support and we look forward to continuing to work with you all to help green your little bit of the world.