project Savannah …

Rapid progress toward implementing a Savannah enrichment program on indigenous outstations is keeping me away from the computer for long periods. A good thing, I think. Producing thousands tens of thousands of trees, helpful to indigenous incomes and culture, is just the first stage. nursery 026

The images show the temporary nursery benches we use, which I designed to be able to remove shade as they grow, rather than the labour intensive method of moving seedlings when they need sun-hardening. This method is better than my original trampoline recycling, though that is still useful.

Mulga, Acacia aneura

Mulga, Acacia aneura

Trees that we grow include the Gubinge, Terminalia ferdinandiana, the highest VitaminC producing species that is in demand for food processing companies. The only current supply is wild harvest, so this is a major alternative. It’s also been found useful in Alzheimer research.

Terminalia ferdinandiana, Gubinge

Terminalia ferdinandiana, Gubinge

More nursery pics below:nursery 024 nursery 025The nursery is expanding as we go: nursery 031All the benches have been built by our local indigenous company, and the growth in seedling numbers are brought about by volunteers and Work for the Dole participants. Some planting is expected to begin next month. We now have enough bench space for in excess of 100,000 seedlings.

Loaded vehicles of seedlings off to planting sites already:

Woodside Petroleum loading up

Woodside Petroleum loading up

doggs 003 doggs 004Medicine of the future:

Terminalia ferdinandiana

Gubinge – Terminalia ferdinandiana
High Vitamin C containing tasty fruit, large round glabrous leaves (more pics at link)

The tree, Terminalia ferdinandiana has the highest Vitamin C content of all known fruits. It is harvested from the wild near Broome by the local indigenous groups, frozen and exported, and used as a supplement in processed food and medicinal products. Small orchards of this tree, locally called Gubinge, are now popping up around the region to cater for it’s projected increased uses.

I HOPE THIS PANS OUT: Vitamin C kills drug-resistant TB in lab tests.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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