About twenty years ago a new industry popped up in southern Australia. Rather than farming livestock many farmers nearing retirement sold, or leased, their land to companies which planted trees.
Varieties planted are quick-growing and are harvested between ten and twelve years after planting.
These are twelve-year-old Eucalyptus globulus, commonly known as ‘Blue Gums.’ There were
80,000 trees planted in this 80 hectare plantation.
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Harvest, shipping and shipping is scheduled for the end of 2013. It is a shame really as although there is very little road traffic around here, three or four hundred metres along this track and you are in a different world. Any road noise is eliminated by the trees and all one can hear is the rustle of the leaves.
Native wildlife, mainly kangaroos, birds and reptiles, have found their way into this man-made forest and will soon be homeless.