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.
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.
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.
More nursery pics below: The nursery is expanding as we go: All 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:
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.